USS KEARSARGE


CMDCM (SW/AW) David A. Randall
Command Master Chief

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Master Chief Randall was born in Monticello, Illinois. He is a 1985 graduate of Monticello High School and a 1985 BSA Eagle Scout. He enlisted in August 1985 and attended Recruit Training Command in Orlando, Florida. His first sea tour was USS CALOOSAHATCHEE (AO98) where he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, participated in UNITAS, became a Surface Rescue Swimmer and qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS).

In 1989 BM2 Randall reported aboard USS YELLOWSTONE (AD41) where he participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and advanced to First Class Petty Officer.

BM1 Randall reported to Naval Station Norfolk, Port Operations in 1992 where he qualified as Tugmaster (NEC 0161) and advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 1994.

He returned to sea in 1995 aboard USS DEYO (DD 989) as the Deck in June of 1997 as part of the Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean.

In 1999 he reported to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Norfolk and advanced to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. NSA assumed ownership of the NSGA Northwest installation in Chesapeake, Virginia and Senior Chief Randall executed the duties as Assistant Officer in Charge of the Naval Support Activity, Norfolk, Northwest Annex.

BMCS Randall returned to sea duty in June 2002 aboard the USS NASSAU (LHA 4) as Deck Department’s Leading Chief Petty Officer. He qualified Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist and participated in Operations Enduring Freedom and two tours of Iraqi Freedom.

In April 2006 he graduated from the Senior Enlisted Academy and returned to Naval Station Norfolk as the Port Operations Leading Chief Petty Officer where he was promoted to Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate and selected into the Command Master Chief Program.

Master Chief Randall attended the CMC/COB Capstone course in February of 2009 and assumed duties onboard USS ROSS (DDG 71) as the Command Master Chief in March of the same year.

His personal awards include: four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and seven Good Conduct Medals.