Command Master Chief (February 9, 2015 - Present) 

Master Chief Gary Mendus is a native of Meridian, Mississippi. After graduating from Bay Senior High School, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi he entered the United States Navy and began Basic Training in San Diego, California in August 1987.

Following Basic Training he completed HM "A" School at Naval School of Health Sciences, San Diego, California and then reported to his first ship, USS MCCANDLESS (FF-1084), home ported in Norfolk, Virginia. During his tour onboard FF-1084 he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and was Command Advanced to HM2. His subsequent sea assignments was USS PONCE (LPD-15), where he served for two deployments. CMDCM Mendus continued his career at HM "C" School, Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman (SFIDC) and was Command Advanced to HM1. He then went to USS HAYLER (DD-997), home ported in Norfolk, Virginia, as the SFIDC, where he was Sailor of the Year and advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 1999. As a Chief Petty Officer he reported to USS TICONDEROGA (CG-47) home ported in Pascagoula, Mississippi as the SFIDC and the Navigation and Administrations Leading Chief Petty Officer. In 2002, he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer and then completed two 6 month deployments to South America. Upon completion of that tour, he was assigned to the USS COMSTOCK (LSD-45) as the SFIDC and Medical Leading Chief Petty Officer and completed two deployments to the Arabian Gulf. He next reported aboard USS CAPE ST GEORGE (CG-71) as Command Master Chief in January 2008 and held this position until his departure in January 2010. He reported as Naval Base San Diego's Command Master Chief in January 2010 until departing in March 2012 and then reported onboard USS ESSEX (LHD2) in April 2012 until his arrival at SCU 5 in February 2015.

Shore assignments include Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida as an EMT Instructor and Commander Surface Forces as the Technical Advisor to the Force Surgeon. He was promoted to the rank of Master Chief in 2005 during his tenure with Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG3) where he served as the Senior Enlisted Leader for Medical and acting Command Master Chief.

Master Chief Mendus is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy and Keystone Course.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (One Gold Star), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (one silver star), Good Conduct Medal (one silver star), National Defense Medal (one bronze star) as well as other campaign and service awards.
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