CMDCM(SW/AW) Steven W. Rioux
Command Master Chief
Hails from Fall River, Mass., Master Chief Rioux graduated from Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School in June 1991. As a high-school senior, he enlisted in the United States Navy and reported for basic recruit training in Great Lakes, Ill., on July 10th, 1991. He then attended the Seaman Apprenticeship School before reporting to his first ship, USS WORDEN (CG 18) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Aboard WORDEN he served as a nonrated seaman for 9 months before joining the signalman rating through the Apprenticeship Program. He remained a Signalman until the disestablishment of the signalman rating in 2004 when he was converted to quartermaster.
Master Chief Rioux’s sea duty assignments include: USS WORDEN (CG-18); USS SIMPSON (FFG-56) OC Division WCS; USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC-20) Navigation Department LPO; USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13) Navigation Department LPO; USS ROSS (DDG-71) Navigation Department LCPO; and USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN-77) Navigation Department LCPO. Deployments include service in the Northern and Western Atlantic, Western Pacific, Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, and the Arabian Gulf.
His shore duty assignments include Naval Station Norfolk Security Department, Naval Recruiting District Dallas, as a recruiter in charge; and Afloat Training Group Norfolk as an instructor.
In January 2014, Master Chief Rioux reported to his present assignment as Command Master Chief of USS MAHAN (DDG-72).
Master Chief Rioux’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards) as well as multiple unit and campaign awards.
Master Chief Rioux holds an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from Excelsior College. He is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 164 Gold), and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 125).