USS JAMES E WILLIAMS


CMDCM(SW) TRAVIS L. BISWELL
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Petty Officer Travis Biswell was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas and enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program in February 1999.  After completion of basic training at Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, IL in April 1999, he preceded to Naval Training Center, Dam Neck, VA to complete Operations Specialist "A" school.

In December 1999, he reported for his first tour of duty onboard USS AUSTIN (LPD-4) home-ported in Norfolk, VA.  He advanced to Petty Officer Second Class, qualified as a Combat Information Center Watch Officer, and completed his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.  Upon completing this assignment in 2003, he was transferred to USS HOWARD (DDG-83), in San Diego, CA, where he was promoted to Petty Officer First Class and qualified as an Air Intercept Controller.

In 2005, continuing to seek challenging assignments, he was screened as a Recruit Company Commander and assigned to NTC/RTC Great Lakes, IL.  During his tour, he was assigned 9 divisions, where he trained and developed over 700 civilians into successful Sailors ready for duty in the fleet.  His first year at Recruit Training Command, he was selected and promoted to Chief Petty Officer.  After completing a successful tour in October 2008, he was assigned to USS MCCAMPBELL (DDG-85) home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan.

Shortly after his arrival he was selected and promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer (May 2009).  While serving onboard USS McCAMPBELL, he filled the following positions; Senior Enlisted Advisor; Operations Department Leading Chief Petty Officer; Casualty Assistance Calls Officer; Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Departmental 3MA, Senior Enlisted Watch Bill Coordinator; CPO Mess President; and season of Induction Lead 2010.

Master Chief Biswell transferred from USS McCAMPBELL in January 2012 and was selected as a Command Senior Chief.  After selection, he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy (Brown Group) class 165.  Master Chief Biswell was selected as the Honor Graduate for Brown Group and earned his name on the Senior Enlisted Academy Dean's list.

In May 2012, Master Chief Biswell reported to Amphibious Squadron Five as the Operations Department LCPO for N3 department.  Shortly after his arrival, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and assumed the role of Senior Enlisted Advisor.

Master Chief Biswell has completed two Atlantic and four Pacific deployments on three ships with both surface3 and amphibious forces.  His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), the Navy Good Conduct Medal (3 awards) and various other unit and campaign awards.

 

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