FORCM(IDW/AW/SW) JOSEPH “Jay” POWERS
FORCM(IDW/AW/SW) Powers is a 1979 graduate of Point Pleasant High School in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. He entered the Navy in October of 1981 and attended Recruit Training and Fireman Apprentice Training in San Diego, California.
Force Master Chief, Navy Cyber Forces
Master Chief Powers began his career as an undesignated Fireman Recruit and Hull Maintenance Technician and converted to the Master-at-Arms rate in 1988.
His first sea duty assignment was aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67). Follow on sea tours include USS TRUETT (FF 1095), USS HUNLEY (AS 31), USS SARATOGA (CV 60), USS TICONDEROGA (CG 47), USS WASP (LHD 1), USS LASALLE (AGF 2), USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81) and USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74).
FORCE Powers’ shore duty assignments include Naval Station Norfolk, Assault Craft Unit FOUR, Naval Support Activity, Naples, Italy, and Naval Support Activity, Souda Bay, Crete.
Master Chief Powers applied for and was selected into the Command Master Chief program in February 2003. In June 2003, FORCE Powers reported on board Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron FOUR, at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, as Command Master Chief of the “SHADOWS”. From June 2006 to February 2008 he served as CMC aboard USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81). FORCE Powers’ final sea tour was aboard the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) from March 2008 until March of 2010 as the Command Master Chief.
FORCE Powers reported as the CYBERFOR Force Master Chief in April of 2010.
Master Chief Powers and his Spouse have been married for over 30 years; they have two children and three grandchildren. Their Son is battle tested active duty Soldier and a recipient of numerous Bronze Stars. His Daughter is an honorably discharged veteran of the USAF. Force Powers is the Son of a career Soldier and the Son in law of a Vietnam Veteran who served his country proudly in many battles, including Hamburger Hill.
His decorations and awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star), Navy Commendation Medal (with silver star), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with silver star) and various unit and campaign awards.