USS RAMAGE


CMDCM(SW/AW) Joseph O'Brien
Command Master Chief

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Master Chief O’Brien is a native of Crestwood, Illinois where he enlisted in the Navy in July of 1985.

Upon completion of Recruit Training and Seaman Apprentice Training at NTC Great Lakes Illinois September of 1985, he reported aboard his first ship, PCU Germantown (LSD-42) in San Diego, California. Follow-on assignments include Navy Training Command, Great Lakes, Il. Basic Electricity and Electronics (BEE), and FC “A” School, Close In Weapon System school (CIWS) in Dam Neck Virginia with follow on orders to USS Jouett (CG-29) in San Diego, CA. He then reported to Recruit Training Command (RTC) San Diego to fill a general duty billet, completed Instructor Training and his tour as an instructor. Re-Assigned to Harpoon Weapon System Training when RTC closed to complete shore duty. Then he reported to the following commands; USS Laboon (DDG-58), USS Wasp (LHD-1), Fleet Training Command Dam Neck for Tomahawk School with follow on to USS Cape-St-George (CG-71), in Norfolk VA. Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) now Mid Atlantic Regional Maintenance Command (MARMC). Detached in September 2006 and reported aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) as CS-7 LCPO. He transferred to CSCS Unit Dam Neck November 2009 where he was the Senior Enlisted Leader. After a year and a half now CMDCM O’Brien was selected for orders to USS RAMAGE DDG 61.

Master Chief O’Brien completed his Associates Degree with Thomas Edison State College, along with the following Navy schools: Fire Control A, Close In Weapon System (CIWS), Harpoon Weapon System, Tomahawk Weapon System, Global Command Control System-Maritime (GCCS-M), Navy Instructor, Senior Enlisted Academy as well as the DEOMI Equal Opportunity Advisor’s Program, CMC capstone. Master Chief O’Brien has numerous personal decorations and unit citations, including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards) and the Good Conduct Medal (6 awards). His special qualifications are his Officer of the Deck Underway for CG class ships, Surface and Air Warfare designations.