ETCM(SS) Randy Reid
Chief of the Boat, PCU Minnesota (SSN 783)
Master Chief Electronics Technician (SS) Randy Reid was born in Oscoda, Mich. and graduated from Quitman High School, Quitman, Ark. in 1991.
Reid enlisted in the Navy in April 1992, and completed Basic Recruit Training at RTC Orlando, Fla. followed by Surface Quartermaster "A" School in Orlando and attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School at Groton, Conn.
His first assignment was USS Archerfish (SSN 678) homeported in Groton from December 1992 to December 1998. While assigned aboard Archerfish completed three six-month deployments, a SCIEX northern deployment and conducted a crew combination and change of homeport to Bremerton, Wash. for decommissioning. During this time, Archerfish earned the 1993 CSDS-12 Battle Efficiency"E" Award, Navy Unit Commendation, and Meritorious Unit Commendation Awards.
In December 1998, he reported to Naval Submarine School in Groton for assignment as a navigation instructor. He completed Master Training Specialist and transferred in January 2001. From January 2001 to October 2001, he was assigned to Naval Submarine School as a student for Navigation Maintenance "C" School, following graduation of "C" School, he reported to USS Providence (SSN 719).
From October 2001 to January 2004, he was assigned to the USS Pprovidence (SSN 719) home ported in Groton as the navigation LPO. While assigned to Providence, he completed a six-month deployment in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Providence was one of the shooters in the Red Sea Wolfpack at the start of the war in March 2003. He was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in September 2003. During his tour, Providence was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, CSS-4 Battle Efficiency "E" Award and the Navy Expeditionary Award.
In January 2004, he reported for duty to USS Annapolis (SSN 760) homeported in Portsmouth, NH for assignment as assistant navigator. During this tour, Annapolis completed a change of homeport to Groton, after completion of a 13-month Depot Modernization Period (DMP). Following DMP, Annapolis completed a Mediterranean iCENTCOM deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) and earned a Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Navy Expeditionary Medal. He transferred in April 2006.
After USS Annapolis, he reported for duty to Submarine Learning Center in Groton as the Navigation Rating Lead. While at Submarine Learning Center, he developed the VMS Certifier Course, which led to the successful ECDIS certifications of 27 submarines in the Submarine Force. He was advance to his current rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2006.
In July 2008 he reported to USS Missouri (SSN 780) as the assistant navigator where he successfully completed a shortened build cycle and associated trials and testing. He was advanced to his current rank of Master Chief Petty Officer in 2010.
He reported in January 2011 to PCU Minnesota (SSN 783) as the Chief Of The Boat.
His personal awards include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), Good Conduct Medal (4 Awards), and various unit and campaign awards.