USS New Orleans
Victory from the Sea
Command Master Chief (September 17, 2012 - Present) 
CMDCM (SW/AW/EXW) James W. Osborne
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Osborne is a native of Charlotte, N.C., and graduated from C.E. Ellison High School in Killeen, Tx. In 1987, he enlisted in the Navy and reported to basic training at Recruit Training Command in San Diego.

Graduating from basic training and Damage Control (DC) “A” school he reported to his first assignment aboard the USS Constellation (CV 64) home-ported in San Diego.

He was selected to Operation “Deep Freeze” and transferred to Naval Support Forces, Antarctica. Master Chief Osborne completed his Wintered-Over Tour from 1992-1993 at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. He then reported to Afloat Training Group, Pacific in San Diego. MCPO Osborne’s next tour was Pre-Commissioning Unit, PCU Ross/USS Ross (DDG 71) where he served as Repair Division’s LCPO.

Master Chief Osborne was then selected to serve the President of the United States as the Assistant Readiness and Electronic Security Officer at Naval Support Forces, Thurmont (Camp David). His next assignment was the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as Repair Division’s LCPO.

Master Chief Osborne report to Allied Joint Forces Command, Brunssum, Netherlands as the Deputy Fire Chief, where he ran a multi-national, multi-forces Fire Department for NATO and was the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Navy Element. While assigned, he deployed three times in support of ISAF and SACEUR Missions to Kandahar and Kabul, Afghanistan. He then volunteered for a GSA billet to the Horn of Africa as the Emergency Management Officer at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Africa. He returned to the fleet aboard the USS Germantown (LSD 42) as the Ships’ 3M Coordinator. 

Master Chief Osborne then served as the Command Master Chief of Navy Recruiting District Portland and reported aboard USS New Orleans (LPD-18) in September 2012.

He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 90) and the Command Master Chief Course in October 2010.

Master Chief Osborne’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (seven awards), Joint Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (seven awards), and various campaign, service and unit awards. 


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