CMDCM (SS) Phillip Hallford
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Petty Officer Hallford grew up in Fort Bragg, NC, where he graduated from Pine Forest High School. He enlisted in the Navy in August 1986, volunteering for submarine service.
After completing Recruit training at RTC Great Lakes, Illinois, he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut. He then attended Submarine Sonar Technician “A” and “C” school in San Diego, CA. His initial sea tour was on the USS OKLAHOMA CITY (SSN 723) in Norfolk, VA from December 1987 to May 1993. He qualified submarines in September 1988 and departed as the Leading Petty Officer of Sonar division.
After finishing his initial sea tour he transferred to Commander Submarine Squadron Eight in Norfolk, VA for duty as the Squadron Eight Sonarman which is typically assigned to a Chief Petty Officer. Upon selection to Chief Petty Officer, he transferred to Commander Submarine Squadron SIX in Norfolk, VA for duty as the Squadron Six Sonarman. In 1996, Master Chief Hallford was selected to the Enlisted Education Advancement Program (EEAP). Upon his selection, he transferred to Naval Training Command Norfolk, VA and attended two years at Tidewater Community College where he received his Associates in Applied Electronics Degree. In October 1998, he transferred to Groton, Connecticut to attend the AN/BSY-1 “C” school pipeline school with follow on assignment to the USS HARTFORD (SSN 768) from November 1999 to April 2003. Following this sea tour he transferred to Commander Submarine Squadron Four in Groton, CT as the Squadron Four Sonarman. Master Chief Hallford terminated shore duty to attend the Senior Enlisted Academy and COB/CMC course in Newport, Rhode Island with follow on orders to USS SEAWOLF (SSN 21) in July 2005 to assume the duties as Chief of the Boat. After a successful COB tour and selection to the Command Master Chief program, Master Chief Hallford reported to Naval Submarine Support Center, Norfolk in July 2008 as the Command Master Chief. Master Chief Hallford reported to USS Normandy (CG 60) in January 2011.
Master Chief Hallford’s personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
He is currently married to the former Melanie Ann Reed of Teneha, Texas and has three children, Ashley, Cassie, and Camaron. Master Chief Hallford currently resides in Chesapeake, VA.