CMDCM Poage joined the United States Navy in April of 1989, he went to recruit training at RTC Orlando, Florida.
After boot camp, CMDCM Poage attended Builder "A" School at Naval Construction Training Center, Gulfport, MS. Following "A" school, he reported to Naval Mobile construction Battalion 74, in Gulfport, MS. During his battalion tour he deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and was advanced to Builder Third Class.
CMDCM Poage then reported to Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, MS in December 1992. While with the Public Works Department, he was advanced to Builder Second Class while supervising 3,000 base work order projects.
In January of 1996 CMDCM Poage reported to COMNAVMAR Guam self-help department. While onboard he provided disaster relief for Korean Air Lines flight 800 and Typhoon Paka. He also assisted with a seamless reorganization that consolidated four tenant commands and opened the DOD school in Guam.
Returning to Gulfport, CMDCM Poage reported to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 in February of 1998. Advancing to Builder First Class during his tour, he also qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist (SCW), and deployed to Diego Garcia and Souda Bay, Crete Greece.
In August of 2000 he reported to the Enlisted Placement Management Center (EPMAC), New Orleans, LA as the Seabee Placement Coordinator. CMDCM Poage qualified as a Distribution Analyst as was selected as EPMAC�s Sailor of the Year and BUPERS field Sailor of the Year for 2001.
In May of 2003 he reported to NMCB 1, and was selected for BUC where he deployed to Guam as the MLO Chief and Detail Andros as the Officer in Charge.
In January of 2006 he reported to 22 NCR, and was selected for BUCS, he was assigned as the CENTCOM LCPO, and deployed with 3 NCR ISO OIF and filled the role as the OPS Chief during the 22 NCR OIF deployment for the enduring mission.
In Dec of 2008 he detached 22 NCR for the Senior Enlisted Academy, and upon completion of this school he reported onboard NMCB 1. While in NMCB ONE, he deployed as the OIC for detail Chinhae, and was selected as the S3C for the CENTCOM deployment ISO OEF. In Feburary of 2012 he detached and reported onboard 20th SRG as the R3C were he was selected for CUCM and CMDCM.
In April of 2013 he reported to Command Leadership School School and then to PHIBCB TWO as the Command Master Chief. While onboard ACB TWO.
In 2013, the command was directed by OPNAV to reduce the manning from 50/50 AC/RC to 17/83 AC/RC and the transition was started to become a very heavy RC component command that included 14 RC detachments.
In 2014, the Command led or participated in Maritime Preposition Force, Joint-logistics-over-the-shore (JLOTS), and Command Post Exercises in support of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO and Naval Beach Group TWO.
CMDCM Poage reported to NMCB ELEVEN in July of 2015.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (eight awards), the Navy Unit Commendation (three awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation (two awards), Battle "E" ribbon (five awards), the Good Conduct Metal (seven awards), Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Campaign Medal (two awards), the South West Asia medal (two stars, and globe & Anchor), the Humanitarian Medal (two awards), the Sea Service award (eleven awards), the Overseas ribbon (two awards), the NATO medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), the Expert Rifle medal, and the Expert Pistol Shot medal.