MCPO (SW/AW) Vernon A. MilliganCommand Master Chief
Command Master Chief Milligan is a native of Orlando, Florida and a 1991 graduate of Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Florida. He enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1991 and attended basic and apprenticeship training in Orlando.
In 1991, he reported to his first duty station, Navy Resale Activity, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There, he was designated a Ships Serviceman. After graduating SH “A” school in 1993, he transferred to USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) homeported in Norfolk, VA. Aboard Stennis, he qualified as retail operation manager, Enlisted Surface and Enlisted Air Warfare.
In 1998, he reported for recruiting duty in Miami, where he served as Recruiter in Charge (RinC).
During Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Milligan supported operations with back-to-back tours. First aboard USS Elliot (DD 967) and USS Fletcher (DD 992), where he decommissioned both ships. He also served aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5), there his division was awarded Ship Store Excellent Award and Best of Class Award.
Milligan reported to USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) in 2006, there he reached the rank of chief petty officer and served as Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) until Kitty Hawk’s decommissioning in 2009.
Ashore, he served as LCPO with Navy Recruiting District, Jacksonville and Afloat Training Group, Norfolk, where he earned his Master Training Specialist designation, Afloat Training Specialist, and was awarded the Trainer of the Year award. He was promoted to master chief petty officer and was subsequently selected to the Command Master Chief Program.
In May 2016, Milligan reported to of USS James E Williams (DDG 95) homeported in Norfolk and assumed duties as Command Master Chief.
He is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 151 Green) and Command Leadership School, Newport Rhode Island (Class 16090). He holds an Associate’s degree with Excelsior University and a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Trident University.
Master Chief Milligan’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (10 awards) and various unit and campaign awards.