Master Chief Chief Carlson is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and graduated high school in Grand Haven, Michigan. He enlisted in August 1993, and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. After completing Operations Specialist “A” school in Dam Neck, Virginia, he reported to USS NIMITZ(CVN 68).
In August 1997, OS2 Carlson cross-rated to Builder, transferred to Naval Reserve Force, and was ordered to NAVAL MOBILE CONSTRUCTION BATTALION TWENTY FOUR/TWENTY SIX. In December 1999, BU2 Carlson transferred back to active duty and cross-rated to Operations Specialist, and served aboard USS COLE (DDG 67). In April 2001, OS2 Carlson transferred to USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55).
OS1(SW) Carlson reported to the Center For Surface Combat Systems, Norfolk, Virginia in February 2005 where he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and served as course LCPO for Anti-Submarine Tactical Air Controller, Anti-Submarine Warfare Evaluator, and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer Courses. In January 2007, he reported to USS MAHAN (DDG 72). April 2007 he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and and in March 2010 was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer. In November 2010, he transferred to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and served as Operations Department LCPO until his selection into the Command Master Chief program in February 2011. After selection into the Command Master Chief program, he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy and the Command Master Chief course in Newport, Rhode Island. In August 2011he was selected as Command Master Chief of Air Test Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9), located in China Lake, California. In December 2013 he was selected to his current assignment as Command Master Chief the USS NORMANDY (CG 60), in Norfolk, Virginia.
Master Chief Carlson's personal awards include Navy/Marine Corps Commendation medal (4 awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement medal (4 awards), and various unit commendations. In addition, he is recipient of Surface Navy Association, Admiral Zumwalt Visionary Leadership Award, recipient of Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award, and Naval Academy Class of 1972 Leadership award.