|STGCM(SW/EXW/AW) Charles P. Benoit
Senior Enlisted Leader
Master Chief Benoit is native of Yakima, Washington. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 22 August 1988 and completed recruit training in San Diego, California. Master Chief Benoit attended Sonar Technician (Surface) “A” School (where he was promoted to Petty Officer Third Class), Basic Electricity and Electronics and MK-144 ASW Fire Control Technician/Operations “C” school from November 1988 to June 1990. In July 1990 he reported to his first sea duty assignment aboard USS JOUETT (CG-29) as a MK-114 ASW Fire Control Operator and Technician, San Diego, California. While in JOUETT he was promoted to Second Class Petty Officer. While serving in JOUETT he completed two deployments to the Arabian Gulf, including Operation Desert Shield and one Southern Pacific deployment and ultimately served as a member of JOUETT’s decommissioning crew.
In March of 1994 he reported to Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Detachment, Whidbey Island where he provided acoustic range predictions and mission support to Naval Anti-Submarine Warfare Aviation commands. In March of 1997 he reported to Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center for Digital Electronics Training (DET) and Integrated Towed Array and Sonobuoy System (ITASS) “C” school and AN/SQQ-89(V) 4/6 Operations Course.
In March 1998 he reported to his second sea tour aboard PCU USS O’KANE (DDG-77) and eventually Commissioned O’KANE in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While in OKANE he was advanced to Petty Officer First Class and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. In O’KANE he deployed to the Arabian Gulf where he served as Sonar Supervisor, SCAT Team Leader and Combat Systems Departmental Leading Petty Officer.
In August of 2002 he reported to Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center for MK-116 Fire Control Operator and Sonar Supervisor courses. He reported to USS HIGGINS (DDG-76) as CA Division Leading Petty Officer deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then took part in the Sea Swap initiative transitioning from USS HIGGINS (DDG-76) to USS BENFOLD (DDG-65) in April of 2003. In September 2003 while in BENFOLD he was selected to Chief Petty Officer and earned his Afloat Training Specialist.
In February of 2006 he transferred to Commander Destroyer Squadron Seven embarked in USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) and served as ASW Specialist/Analyst. He was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2007 and completed two deployments to the Arabian Gulf and one Surge deployment to the 7th Fleet AOR.
In March 2009 he reported to Commander Afloat Training Group Pacific and served as the Undersea Warfare Division Officer. From 2010 to 2011 he completed a one year Individual Augmentee (IA) tour to Commander, Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa where he earned his Enlisted Expeditionary Specialist Qualification. He was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer in July of 2012.
In October of 2013 Master Chief Petty Officer Benoit reported to Commander Destroyer Squadron Two One as ASW Specialist/Analyst and currently serves as Senior Enlisted Leader.
His personal awards include a Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (four awards) and various campaign, unit, and service medals.