CMDCM (SW/SS/AW) David C. Twiford
Command Master Chief
Command Master Chief Twiford was born in Norfolk, Va. He graduated from Manchester High School in Chesterfield, VA in 1995 and immediately entered the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of Recruit Training in Great Lakes, IL, he attended CTR "A” and “C” Schools in Pensacola, FL. In 1996 he reported to USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) home ported in Norfolk, VA. During his tour he served from Seaman to Second Class, completed two Mediterranean deployments and qualified Surface and Aviation Warfare.
In 1999, he reported back to Pensacola, FL for CTR "C" School. Upon completion of training he reported to Naval Security Group Activity Kunia, Hawaii where he served as a Direct Support signals analyst and team LPO. While at Kunia, he deployed on 6 US PACIFIC FLEET combatants, earning his Enlisted Submarine Dolphins and advancing to First Class. In 2002 he was selected as NSGA Kunia’s Senior Sailor of the Year.
In March of 2003 Master Chief transferred to RTC Great Lakes for duty as a Recruit Division Commander. During his tour he trained over 700 Recruits and was awarded the RDC Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2004 he was selected for Chief Petty Officer and also served as a Section LCPO at Battle Stations, where he oversaw approximately 15,000 Sailors complete their rite of passage into the Navy.
In November 2006 he arrived aboard USS SAN JACINTO (CG-56) and was selected for Senior Chief in May of 2007. Upon completion of his time as SAN JAC’s Operations LCPO in April 2009, he transferred to the Command Senior/Master Chief Community and reported aboard USS CONSTITUTION in Boston, MA as her Command Senior Chief. He was selected for Master Chief in April 2010. During his tenure on CONSTITUTION the ship earned her first MUC in 16 years and the 4th in her 213 year history. Additionally, the ship earned the Golden Anchor and Blue H for the first time in the ship’s history.
From May 2011 to October 2013, he served as Command Master Chief of US Naval Activities Spain/Naval Station Rota, Spain and onboard USS MESA VERDE (LPD 19) from October 2013 to April 2015.
He assumed his current duties as KEARSARGE’s Command Master Chief in May 2015.
Master Chief is a graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA 141 Khaki) and the National Defense University’s KEYSTONE course. He has previously served as a member of the Surface Navy Association’s Board of Directors. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), and multiple unit citations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and is a designated Master Training Specialist.