|CMDCM (SW/AW) Rodd Tooker
Command Master Chief
A native of Champaign, IL, Command Master Chief Tooker enlisted in the United States Navy on June 23, 1981. After completing Recruit Training in Orlando, FL, he attended Signalman “A” school in San Diego, CA. He reported to his first duty assignment as a crewmember onboard USS Briscoe (DD 977) in Norfolk, Va. In May 1984, Signalman Second Class Tooker reported to the pre-commissioning crew of USS Reuben James (FFG 57) in Long Beach, CA, where he received his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification.
In June 1987, Signalman First Class (SW) Tooker reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL, as a Recruit Company Commander and went on to successfully train eight recruit companies, including one Hall of Fame, and received his Master Training Specialist qualification.
From 1991 to 2003, he supported the Navy mission as a Reservist and was assigned to COMNTC, Great Lakes, Assault Craft Unit One, Great Lakes, and Fleet Training Group Pearl Harbor detachment also from Great Lakes, IL. Following the attacks on 9-11, he was recalled to active duty for a two year period and subsequently advanced to Chief Petty Officer before returning to active duty as a Chief Master-at-Arms.
Chief Tooker completed a successful tour as Department Leading Chief Petty Officer for Public Safety at Great Lakes, IL from 2003 to 2006 and subsequently reported to USS Bataan (LHD 5) as the Chief Master-at-Arms. While attached to Bataan, Chief Tooker qualified as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and was selected to Senior Chief Petty Officer.
In January 2010, he reported to staff duty at Commander, Navy Installations Command where he served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor of N3AT matters and completed a 14 month individual augmentation assignment to Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay. While at CNIC he was advanced to Master Chief and selected to the Command Master Chief program. From January 2013 to May 2015 CMDCM Tooker served as the Command Master Chief onboard both USS Ashland (LSD 48) and the USS Tortuga (LSD 46) where he successfully completed a hull swap for the two platforms in Seventh Fleet. Command Master Chief Tooker’s next command tour was Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay in May 2015. In October 2016 he assumed duties as the Command Master Chief for Afloat Training Group Pacific/San Diego.
Command Master Chief Tooker is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy in 2010, as well as a 2013 graduate from the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course. He currently holds an Associates of Arts degree from Columbia College. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), and various unit and service awards.