USS GONZALEZ


CMDCM (SW/AW) Justin Gray Biography Image
Command Master Chief

CMDCM (SW/AW) Justin Gray enlisted in the US Navy, attended Basic Training, Nuclear Field Machinist Mate "A" School and Naval Nuclear Power School at Naval Training Center, Orlando, Florida. He completed his nuclear prototype training and Engineering Laboratory Technician "C" school at Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit Idaho Falls, Idaho in June of 1992.

At the completion of his initial training he reported to USS CALIFORNIA (CGN 36) for his first sea tour where he completed a WESTPAC deployment and earned his ESWS qualification. In June 1996, he transferred to USS SIMON LAKE (AS 33) in La Maddalena, Italy for duty as R-5 Division LPO. In 1998, he transferred to Nuclear Power Training Unit Ballston Spa, New York for instructor duty. During this tour he qualified Engineering Officer of the Watch at the MARF prototype, earned the Master Training Specialist qualification and advanced to Chief Petty Officer.

In May 2002, he reported to USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72). He served as the Reactor Laboratories and Machinery Division LCPO and one of two enlisted Propulsion Plant Watch Officers. He completed LINCOLN's record setting 10 month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia. In September 2005, he was hand selected by Naval Reactors to test the first aircraft carrier Fleet Interactive Display Equipment (FIDE), a reactor control room simulator. Following nine months of acceptance testing at Bettis Laboratories in Pittsburgh, he was assigned to Submarine Learning Facility Norfolk to install, test and open the FIDE schoolhouse. He was then assigned to USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) where he served as the Reactor Mechanical Division LCPO in June 2010. In January 2012, he returned to Submarine Learning Facility Norfolk as the FIDE Lead Instructor until his selection to the CMC program. He became USS GONZALEZ's CMC in October 2013.

Master Chief Gray is a Dean's List graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 150 Gray). He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Human Resource Managment from New School University and a Master's degree in Systems Engineering from Old Dominion University.

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Good Conduct Medal (7 awards) and Humanitarian Service Medal.