CMDCM (SS) Neal T. Olds
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Olds hails from St. Louis, Missouri. As an Air Force dependent he moved to various bases and countries while growing up. He graduated from Medical Lake High School in Spokane Washington and joined the Navy on December 27, 1990. Following graduation from Recruit Training Command Orlando, he began his training in the Naval Nuclear Power Program as a Machinist’s Mate.
In March 1993, Master Chief Olds reported to USS HAWKBILL (SSN-666). As a member of Machinery Division he qualified Submarine Warfare and Engineering Watch Supervisor. While attached to the HAWKBILL, he completed two Western Pacific Deployments and served as the Command Career Counselor and Assistant Quality Assurance Officer.
In June 1998, Master Chief Olds transferred to USS ALASKA (SSBN-732)(BLUE) where he served as the Machinery Division Leading Petty Officer and Assistant Safety Officer. During his tour, he was selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer in September of 2000. Following a highly successful tour as the Machinery Division Leading Chief Petty Officer onboard USS ALABAMA (SSBN-731)(BLUE) he reported to his first shore command as the Lead Project Coordinator for Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility, PACNORWEST in September 2003.
In September 2006, Master Chief Olds reported for duty as the Engineering Department Master Chief onboard USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN-730)(BLUE) where he served until his assignment to the United States Naval Academy in May 2010. While assigned to the Naval Academy, Master Chief Olds served as the Brigade Master Chief and 3rd Company Senior Enlisted Leader.
Master Chief Olds was selected for the Command Master Chief Program in February 2013 and reported to USS GRAVELY in September of 2013. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Leadership Course.
Master Chief Olds’ personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 Awards), Good Conduct Medal (5 Awards) and various other unit and service awards.