USS LABOON


CMDCM(SW/AW/IDW/NAC) James A. Roberts 
Command Master Chief

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Command Master Chief Roberts is a native of Lampasas, Texas.  He entered the Navy in April, 1991, attending recruit training at RTC San Diego, California with follow on Radioman “A” school training.  His first assignment was aboard Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Sicily where he served as Emergency Action Cell watch stander. 

He reported to the USS LaSalle (AGF-3) in January 1994, and served as CR Division Work center Supervisor.  In 1997, he transferred to Service School Command, San Diego, California, performing duties as Orders Coordinator for RM ‘A” School.  From there he transferred to Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois for instructor duty.

He reported to COMSEVENTHFLT embarked aboard the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) in Yokosuka, Japan.  There he served as COMSEVENTHFLEET Communications Center Leading Petty Officer.  In September 2000, transferred to Naval Aviation Aircrew Candidate School (NAACS) in Pensacola, Florida with follow on orders to FAIRECONRON Four (VQ-4) located at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.  During his tour at VQ-4, he served as an Airborne Communications Supervisor NATOPS Instructor, He completed over 3,500 hours on the Boeing 707 platform, deployed to National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC), Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. 

In 2005, he reported to United States Northern Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado where he served as the LCPO of command procurement, managing a budget in excess of 25 million dollars annually.  He transferred to USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) in 2008 where he served in a myriad of roles including, CC Division LCPO, Command Sponsor Coordinator, and Command DAPA.  In 2011 he reported to USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) as Senior Chief Petty Officer in Charge and Operations Officer for the Military Department.

In February 2013, he reported to Fleet Cyber Command Site, Little Creek, Virginia where he served as Senior Enlisted Leader.  In November, 2013 he assumed duties as Navy Cyber Forces, Staff Senior Enlisted Advisor.

Command Master Chief Roberts is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 171, Gray Group.  Upon graduating CMC/COB Course, Class #135, he immediately reported to USS LABOON (DDG 58) as the Command Master Chief.  His awards include the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), and various unit and campaign awards.