Chief of the Boat, CMDCM (SS) Charles Abrams
Master Chief Abrams, a native of Fountain Valley, California, joined the Navy in February 1996. After Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Sonar Technician Submarines “A” School in New London, CT. He then reported to the USS COLUMBUS (SSN 762) stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI.
Reenlisting for Sonar “C” school he transferred to Submarine School New London as a student for both AN/BSY-1 Maintenance and Advanced Sonar Employment where he graduated both courses as the class honorman. Upon completion of “C” school, he reported to the USS PASADENA (SSN 752) stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI where he served as the First Lieutenant and a Sonar Supervisor. He then transferred to the Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific as the Sonar Division Leading Petty Officer. During this tour he qualified as a Master Training Specialist and was selected as the Instructor of the Year for 2004.
Returning to sea duty, he attended the Master Sonar Technician course at Naval Submarine School New London prior to reporting to the USS TUCSON (SSN 770) in Pearl Harbor, HI where he relieved as the Leading Petty Officer. While on board USS TUCSON he was the 2005 Submarine Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year and was selected to Chief Petty Officer in 2006. Following a Western Pacific Deployment he returned to the USS COLUMBUS as the Sonar Division Leading Chief Petty Officer and the Combat Systems Department Leading Chief.
In 2009 after a successful second tour on COLUMBUS, Master Chief Abrams accepted orders as the Sonar Assistant at Commander Submarine Squadron Six in Norfolk, VA where he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer and completed his Chief of the Boat qualifications. After attending the Senior Enlisted Academy and the COB/CMC course, he relieved as the USS CALIFORNIA (SSN 781) Chief of the Boat in November 2011 and was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in May 2012.
Master Chief Abrams’ personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (with 2 gold stars), and the Navy Achievement Medal (with four gold stars).
Master Chief Abrams is married and together they have a son and a daughter.