USS VICKSBURG

CMDCM (SW) Chris D. Leonard
Command Master Chief

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A native of Anniston, Alabama, Master Chief Leonard enlisted in September 1993. He reported to basic training in Great Lakes, IL September 7, 1993. He graduated from Apprentice Training Division as an undesignated seaman and reported to his first command, January 1993 USS Puget Sound (AD 38) Norfolk, Va.

Master Chief Leonard reported to USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) Little Creek, Va, in October 1995 and was advanced to Petty Officer Third Class. In October 1997, he reported to Commander, Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan, and was advanced to Second Class Petty Officer. In November 1999, he reported to Nuclear Propulsion Training Unit, Charleston, South Carolina and was assigned as the Leading Petty Officer of the Postal mailroom.

In November 2002, Master Chief Leonard reported to National Support Element, Larissa, Greece and advanced to Petty Officer First Class and selected as Sailor of the Year for 2004. He then converted to Navy Counselor. In December 2005, he reported to USS Vicksburg (CG 69) Mayport, Fl, as the ship’s Career Counselor. In January 2007, he reported to USS Doyle (FFG 39) Mayport, Fl. While assigned to Doyle, he earned his Officer of the Deck-Underway designation, selected as Sailor of the Year 2007, and advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 2008.

In January 2009, he reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville as the installation Career Counselor encompassing 110 tenant commands. In February 2011, he reported to USS Frank Cable (AS 40) Agana, Guam. He was selected for Senior Chief Petty Officer after two months onboard; assumed duties as Executive Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. While assigned, he was selected to serve as acting CMC from July 2012-October 2012 serving 950 Sailors onboard, and earned his second Officer of the Deck- Underway designation in October 2012. He was selected for the Command Senior Chief program in February 2012.

His first CMC tour was Naval Technical Training Center Meridian, Ms in April 2013; A-school for the YN, PS, AZ, LS and SH ratings. Successfully guided, mentored and graduated 4,500 Sailors earning consecutive Retention Excellence Awards, 7 NETC Training Excellence awards and The 2014 Regional Project Good Neighbor Flagship Award.

Master Chief Leonard assumed Duties as Command Master Chief of USS Vicksburg (CG 69) 26 April 2015 while deployed as Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 flagship and to support theater security cooperation efforts in Europe.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal (ten awards), Navy Good Conduct (four awards), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and numerous other campaign and service awards.