Master Chief Sampson was born in Summerville, South Carolina, attended Goose Creek Public Schools from 1974 to 86, and graduated from Stratford High School in '88. He entered the Navy in August 1988 on the Delayed Entry Program and reported for boot camp at Recruit Training Command (RTC), Orlando, Florida on August 23, 1988. Upon graduation, he reported to Steelworker A School at Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC), Gulfport, Mississippi and graduated in December of that year.
His first duty station was ACB 2 where he served as a welder. While onboard he deployed twice to "Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm". Additionally, he deployed to the Mediterranean with the USS Saginaw, where he qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. He then transferred to CBU-412 in 1993 where he served as a Crew Leader and Project Supervisor. In 1996 he transferred to NMCB 74 where he served as a Project Supervisor, AOIC and Command Dapa. He made deployments to Puerto Rico, Pohang Korea and Okinawa Japan.
In 2000 He transferred to NCTC, Gulfport where he served as an SW A school instructor and a Platoon Commander. He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer during this tour. In 2003 he returned to NMCB 74 where he held the position AOIC, OIC and Command Operations Chief (S3C). He made deployments to Ghana, Africa, Fuji Japan and Guam. He was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer during this tour. In 2007 he transferred to CBMU-202 Det Key West. There he served as the AOIC. He deployed as part of Operation Continuing Promise 2008. This deployment included missions in Nicaragua, Colombia, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Guyana. He then terminated his shore duty and returned back to battalion where he served as the Commands Operation Chief (S3C) for NMCB 7. He was then promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer. He also served as Company Chief and Senior Enlisted Advisor for Detail HOA. He made Deployments to Rota, Spain, and Djibouti, Africa. He then transferred to the 22ND Naval Construction Regiment where he served as the Commands Operation Chief (R3C). In October of 2012 he reported to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ELEVEN where he currently serves as the Command Master Chief.
His most notable personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Good Conduct (5), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and numerous unit commendations, marksmanship, campaign, expeditionary and deployment service awards.