USS DONALD COOK


CMDCM Wayne D. Welch Jr. 
Command Master Chief
Biography ImageMaster Chief Welch graduated from Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville FL. in 1991.  He enlisted in the Navy and attended Basic Training in 1992 in Orlando, FL.
He reported to USS LEYTE GULF (CG-55) in 1992 as an undesignated seaman where he advanced to Boatswain’s Mate Second Class and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification while completing three deployments.
In 1997, he reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes.  As Recruit Division Commander, he earned the Division Commanders Excellence badge while training 11 Divisions including a coveted “Hall of Fame” Division.
He reported to USS UNDERWOOD (FFG 36) in 2000 as the Leading Petty Officer of First Division and command ESWS Coordinator.  While onboard, he completed one deployment to the Persian Gulf and he was selected for Chief Petty Officer.
In 2004, he reported to Naval Air Station Jacksonville as the Port Operations Officer.  He was the base CPO Transition Coordinator in 2006 for 135 Chief Petty Officer Selects and he was selected for Senior Chief Petty Officer.
In 2007, he transferred to EXPEDRIVRON THREE, Yorktown VA. Serving as the Leading Chief Petty Officer of Boat Detachment One, he earned the Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare Specialist and Small Craft POIC Insignia qualifications while completing one combat deployment to Iraq.
In 2009, he reported to Naval Station Mayport FL. as the Senior Enlisted Leader for Port Operations Department and in June 2011, he was selected to be the acting Command Master Chief of Naval Station Mayport, the third largest U.S. Navy fleet concentration area in the world.
He reported to the USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75) as the Command Master Chief in May of 2012. 
His personal awards include:  Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards); Good Conduct Medal (6 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.
Master Chief Welch holds an Associates of Arts Degree in General Education and was a distinguished graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy Non-Resident Course Class 11.