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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 

ETCM(SS) Stephen B. Fritzler, Chief of the Boat,
USS New Mexico (SSN 779)

USS New Mexico Chief of the Boat
Master Chief Electronics Technician Steven B. Fritzler

The Chief of the Boat is Master Chief Electronics Technician (SS) Steven B. Fritzler. Master Chief Fritzler was raised in Worland, Wyo., and enlisted in the Navy on July 12, 1988.  He completed Recruit Training in Great Lakes and Radioman “A” School in Groton, Conn.

Master Chief Fritzler’s sea duty assignments include USS San JUan (SSN 751), USS Annapolis (SSN 760) and USS New Hampshire (SSN 778).  His shore duty assignments included Naval Submarine School and on the staff of Commander Submarine Squadron 4.

Master Chief Fritzler first qualified in submarines in 1991 on board the USS San Juan.  During this tour he was advanced to RM1 and completed two deployments to the North Atlantic.

Following his tour on USS San Juan he reported to Naval Submarine School where he earned the Master Training Specialist certification and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer.

His follow-on assignment was the USS Annapolis, where he served as the Navigation Operations Department Enlisted Advisor, Communications Division Leading Petty Officer and advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. During this tour he completed one deployment to the Mediterranean. 

Upon completion of his tour on USS Annapolis he was assigned to the staff of Commander Submarine Squadron 4 where he served as the Communications Assistant from 2004 to 2007. 

He then reported to the commissioning crew as the 3M Coordinator on board the USS New Hampshire. During this tour the New Hampshire deployed to AFRICOM and was the first Virginia-Class to complete an overseas deployment.

Master Chief Fritzler returned to Commander Submarine Squadron 4 where he served as the Communications Assistant from 2010 to 2012.

Master Chief Fritzler reported to USS New Mexico (SSN 779) in August 2012 and is currently serving as the Chief of the Boat.

Master Chief Fritzler’s personnel awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards) and various unit and campaign awards.