During his time in the Navy, he has served at Administrative Support Unit, Southwest Asia, Fujairah Air Logistics Detachment, Personnel Support Detachments, Treasure Island and New London, USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command FIFTH Fleet.
As the first Command Master Chief for Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, the “Magicians,” he was part of the establishment of the first aviation squadron of its kind to have manned and un-manned aerial vehicles maintained and operating together and to deploy them aboard DDGs and LCS platforms. During his tenure at HSM-35, exceptional performance in all areas was highlighted when his Chief’s Mess won the 2013 MCPON Crowe Award as the best within Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific.
December 2014 he reported to his next command, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he served as the lead for U.S. PACFLEET’s Chief Petty Officer Training Team of four post-tour Command Master Chiefs which provided training to 16,000 Sailors from First Class to Lieutenant Commander on leadership, ethics, and management throughout an area stretching from the Mississippi to Diego Garcia. Additionally, he oversaw and facilitated three MCPON Executive Leader Symposiums for Command Master Chiefs in San Diego, CA.
Master Chief Knupp currently serves as the Command Master Chief aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and recently returned home after providing hurricane relief efforts for more than two months in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice (Homeland Security) from Excelsior College.
Master Chief Knupp’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (6), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4) and various unit and services awards.