Master Chief Garvin is a native of Millinocket, Maine and enlisted in the Navy in June 1987. He attended boot camp in Great Lakes, IL and graduated with top honors. Upon completion of boot camp, he transferred to Groton, CT and completed Basic Enlisted Submarine School in December 1987 as the class honorman. He subsequently completed Fire Control Technician A School and Fire Control Technician C School graduating at the top of his class in both courses.
After completion of "C" school in Febuary of 1989 he reported for duty on board USS LAYFEYETTE (SSBN 616) (GOLD), homeported in Groton, CT for duty. While assigned he qualified Fire Control Technician of the Watch and Chief of the Watch. He was advanced to 2nd Class Petty Officer during this tour. He subsequently decommissioned LAYFEYETTE in Bremerton, WA.
In August 1991, Master Chief Garvin reported to Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT as a student in AN/BSY-1 Combat Control Maintenance school. After graduating with top honors, he was hand selected as a staff pick-up and began shore duty as an instructor for AN/BSY-1 system maintenance. He served as the leading instructor for AN/BSY-1 maintenance. While stationed at NAVSUBSCOL he volunteered to fill an emergent vacancy onboard USS ALEXANDRIA for a MED workup and deployment.
In October 1994, he reported to PCU COLUMBIA (SSN 771) as a member of the commissioning crew at Electric Boat in Groton, CT. While onboard he was advanced to 1st Class Petty Officer and selected as the Fire Control Division Leading Petty Officer and 1st LT. He participated in COLUMBIA's change of homeport to Pearl Harbor, HI and her maiden Pacific Deployment in 1998. While deployed in 1998 he participated in combat operations in Afghanistan in support of operations against terrorist elements. He was selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer in August of 1998 and served as the FT Division Leading Chief Petty Officer from August 1998 to November 1998.
Upon completion of COLUMBIA's maiden deployment in November of 1998 he transferred to USS ASHEVILLE (SSN 758) homeported in Pearl Harbor, HI. He served as theFT Division LCPO, 1st LT and Weapons Department LCPO during his tour. He completed two Western Pacific Deployments while attached to ASHEVILLE.
In August of 2000, he transferred to Groton, CT to become the Combat Systems Division Officer at NAVSUBSCOL. After reporting he was selected to Senior Chief Petty Officer in May of 2001. He served as Division Officer of the Combat Systems branch until his transfer in the spring of 2003.
In March of 2003, he transferred to the USS HARTFORD (SSN 767) homeported in Groton, CT as the Weapons Department LCPO, FT Division LCPO and 1st LT. He deployed on one overseas deployment while on board HARTFORD prior to his transfer in early 2005.
In April 2005, he transferred to Submarine Squadron Sixteen in Kings Bay, GA as the TLAM Strike LCPO and Squadron Sixteen Strike Senior Enlisted Leader. He helped develop the initial guidance for the SSGN program, assisted in bringing USS FLORIDA (SSGN 728) out of the shipyard and transfered to Kings Bay, GA and helped organize the first ever SSGN TLAM OTL test launch.
In June 2007 he was selected as a Chief of the Boat and transferred to USS ALBUQUERQUE (SSN 706) homeported in Groton, CT. While serving as ALBUQUERQUE'S Chief of the Boat he completed a SOUTHCOM deployment, a change of homeport to San Diego, CA in conjuction with a WESTERN Pacific Deployment and numeous underway operations. He was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in 2009 while on deployment in the Indian Ocean.
Master Chief Garvin reported as Chief of the Boat on board USS GEORGIA (SSGN 729 GOLD) in April of 2010, homeported in Kings Bay, GA, directly from his tour as COB onboard USS ALBUQUERQUE. While onboard GEORGIA, Master Chief Garvin completed two forward deployed SSGN deployments, including one achieving historic firsts in submarine operations, and one Major Modernization Period. He was selected to the Command Master Chief Program in 2011 and was selected as the relieving Submarine Squadron Sixteen CMC in the fall of 2011.
After detachment from USS GEORGIA in December of 2011, Master Chief Garvin attended both the Senior Enlisted Academy and COB/CMC Course in Newport, RI. He was selected as the SEA Class President and graduated with honors from the course in Febuary of 2012. Master Chief Garvin reported as the Command Master Chief of Submarine Squadron Sixteen in March of 2012. While assigned as the CMC of Submarine Squadron Sixteen, Master Chief Garvin provide sound oversight and mentoring to the squadron staff, 2 SSGN's and 1 SSBN undergoing overhaul in the shipyard.
Master Chief Garvin was selected to become the Submarine Group Ten Command Master Chief in the Summer of 2012 and relieved as the CMC in September of 2012. He is entitled to wear the Meritorious Service Medal (2) awards, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (7) awards, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6) awards, and other various campaign and unit awards.
Master Chief Garvin and his wife Candi reside in St Marys, GA. He has three sons; Kyle 13, Connor 8 and Matthew 4, who resides with them in Kings Bay, GA.