Command Master Chief Whitman joined the Navy in August 1985. After completing basic training in Orlando, Florida, she attended Yeoman “A” School in Meridian, Mississippi and was transferred to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3), Barbers Point, Hawaii, where she was advanced to Yeoman Third and Second Class Petty Officer.
In October 1990, she transferred to Navy Recruiting District Boston, where she served as the Commanding Officer’s Yeoman and was advanced to Petty Officer First Class and transferred to USS HOLLAND (AS-32), Agana, Guam.
She reported aboard USS HOLLAND (AS-32) in October, 1993. She served as the Ship’s Secretary and earned the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist device during this tour.
In October 1995, she transferred to USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), Bremerton, Washington, as the Reactor Department Yeoman. She was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and earned the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist device.
In October 1997, she reported to United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Illinois, where she was the Director of Intelligence (J2) Administrative Leading Chief Petty Officer and Reserve Program Manager. She was recognized as Senior Enlisted Service Member of the Year and was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer.
Master Chief Whitman reported to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois in June 2002, where she completed both Instructor and Recruit Division Commander Schools. She was a successful Recruit Division Commander and qualified as a Master Training Specialist.
In January 2006, she reported on board USS Dwight D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) Norfolk, Virginia as the Ship’s Secretary, Administrative Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and selected for the CMC Program. From November 2007 to March 2010 she served as the Command Master Chief on board USS VELLA GULF (CG 72) Norfolk, Virginia. The ship had a successful deployment, catching 16 suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia and earning the Battle “E” Award.
From March 2010 to June 2012 she served as the Command Master Chief on board USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) Everett, Washington. The ship successfully completed two deployments and earned the Battle “E” Award.
Currently she is stationed at the Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, Virginia.
Master Chief Whitman is the Navy’s 2011 Captain Joy Bright Hancock Leadership Award Winner and 2011 Captain Winifred Quick Collins Award Winner for Inspirational Leadership. She has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal and Navy Achievement Medal (6 awards), and various unit and campaign awards. She also wears the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignias.