|CMDCM (SW/AW) Richard A. Thomas
Command Master Chief (April 2011 - May 2012)
CMDCM Richard Thomas is native of Cumberland, MD. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the delayed entry program on September 10, 1981, and attended boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, IL on July 17, 1982. After completing his basic training, Master Chief Thomas completed Machinist Mate “A” school at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes.
Master Chief Thomas’ first duty assignment was USS TALBOT FFG 4 in Mayport, FL. While the ship was undergoing an 18 month overhaul in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard he transferred to USS DUBUQUE LPD 8 in San Diego, CA. The ship made a Western Pacific deployment then a homeport change to Sasebo, Japan. After spending three years in Japan he transferred to Naval Recruiting District Seattle as a Second Class Petty Officer and was assigned as a Recruiter in Spokane, WA.
He returned to sea as a First Class Petty Officer on the USS OKINAWA LPH 3 in San Diego, Ca deploying in support of Operation Desert Storm/Shield. After the OKINAWA decommissioned in 1993 he was assigned to the USS DULUTH LPD 6 were he made Chief Petty Officer and two more deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Restore Hope.
In January 1997 he transferred to Navy Leader Training Unit Coronado as an instructor where he earned his Master Training Specialist qualification. His next assignment was the material and logistics officer for Commander Amphibious Squadron Seven were he deployed on the USS BOXER LHD 4 and USS TARAWA LHA 1 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and made Senior Chief Petty Officer. He then went to USS OGDEN LPD 5 were he made Master Chief.
During his tour at Southwest Regional Maintenance Center San Diego as the Production Department Leading Master Chief he was selected for the Command Master Chief program and assigned as to the USS MILIUS DDG 69 and after successfully completing that tour in April 2011 he reported to Assault Craft Unit One in Coronado, CA.
His personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, four Navy Achievement Medal and numerous other campaign awards. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 118 Blue, and the Command Master Chief course.