Command Master Chief (September 16, 2013 - Present) 
CMDCM(SW/AW/SS) Benjamin T. Howat
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Petty Officer Benjamin T. Howat is a native of Hastings, NE. He graduated from Central High School, St. Joseph, MO in 1989 and entered the U.S. Navy in 1990 after attending college at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Master Chief Howat attended recruit training, Nuclear Field “A” School, and Naval Nuclear Power School at Orlando, FL followed by Nuclear Prototype Training at Nuclear Prototype Training Unit (NPTU) Windsor Locks, CT. His first duty assignment was on board USS PUFFER (SSN 652) where he earned the Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia. Other submarine sea duty assignments include USS SALT LAKE CITY (SSN 716), USS BREMERTON (SSN 698) and USS TOPEKA (SSN 754) where he served as the Engineering Department Master Chief (EDMC). Shore duty assignments include Navy Recruiting District (NRD) San Diego, CA and NPTU Charleston, SC.

In 2008 he was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer and selected to the Command Master Chief (CMC) Program in 2010. He has completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, graduated from the US Army Sergeants Major Academy class 61 and the Command Leadership School COB/CMC course class 88. He assumed duties as the Command Master Chief of Strike Fighter Squadron 137 in June 2011. During this tour, he completed his 7th Western Pacific deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and qualified as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. In September 2013, Master Chief Howat reported to Assault Craft Unit FIVE as the Command Master Chief.
Master Chief Howat’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (seven awards) and other unit and campaign medals.
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