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Force Master Chief Susan A. Whitman
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Master Chief Susan Whitman, originally from Piety Hill, Ill., joined the Navy in August 1985. After completing recruit training in Orlando, Fla., she attended Yeoman “A” School in Meridian, Miss. Upon completion she was transferred to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 3 (VQ-3), Barbers Point, Hawaii, where she was advanced to Yeoman Third and then Second Class Petty Officer.

In October 1990, she transferred to Navy Recruiting District Boston, where she served as the commanding officer’s Yeoman. While there she advanced to Petty Officer First Class and then transferred to USS Holland (AS-32), Agana, Guam.

Whitman reported aboard Holland in October 1993. She served as the Ship’s Secretary and earned the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist device during this tour. In October 1995, she transferred to USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Bremerton, Wash., as the Reactor Department Yeoman. She was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and earned the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist device.

Whitman’s next assignment was to the United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. She arrived in October 1997 and served as the Director of Intelligence (J2) Administrative Leading Chief Petty Officer and Reserve Program Manager. She was awarded Senior Enlisted Service Member of the Year and was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. In June 2002 she reported to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill. where she completed both Instructor and Recruit Division Commander Schools. She was a successful Recruit Division Commander and qualified as a Master Training Specialist.

In January 2006, she reported aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Norfolk, Va. as the Ship’s Secretary, Administrative Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and was selected for the Command Master Chief (CMC) Program.

Her first CMC tour was aboard USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) Norfolk, Va. from November 2007 to March 2010. A highlight of the tour included catching 16 suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia and the ship was awarded the Navy “E”. From March 2010 to June 2012 she served as the CMC aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Everett, Wash. The ship successfully completed two deployments and also earned the Navy “E”. From July 2012 to November 2013 she served as the CMC for Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, Va.

She currently serves as the Force Master Chief, for Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.

Whitman is a Keystone Graduate, the Navy’s 2011 Captain Joy Bright Hancock Leadership Award Winner and 2011 Captain Winifred Quick Collins Award Winner for Inspirational Leadership. She has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.