|CMDCM John Tomkins|
Command Master Chief (February 2011 - January 2014)
Master Chief John Tomkins is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and enlisted in the Navy on the 11th of July, 1988. He completed his Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Illinois followed by Aviation Structural Mechanic Hydraulics “A” school in Millington, Tennessee.
In March of 1989 Master Chief Tomkins reported to VRC-50 in Cubi Point, Philippines where he earned his Wings of Gold in 1991. During his five and half years as a “Foo Dog” he helped move the squadron in November of 1992 to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and completed several deployments throughout the Pacific and Persian Gulf, serving aboard the USS Midway (CV 41).
In July of 1994 he reported to the Naval Aviation Depot in Alameda, California for duty as an Enlisted Flight Test Crewman on the S-3A Viking and EA-6B Prowler.
After his tour was shortened due to a base closure, Master Chief Tomkins received orders to VRC-30 in San Diego, California in February of 1995. There he served several consecutive tours with the “Providers” operating as a C-12 Aircrew Instructor, and a C-2A Crew Chief in San Diego and with Detachment Five in Atsugi, Japan. During his tenure he made several deployments on the USS Independence (CV 62) and the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).
Master Chief Tomkins reported for duty with VRC-30 Detachment Five as the Aircrew Leading Chief Petty Officer in October of 2005. During his off duty time he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix. In July of 2007 Master Chief Tomkins was selected to take over as the Senior Enlisted Advisor and Maintenance Senior Chief Petty Officer with the only permanently forward deployed C-2A detachment in the Navy.
Master Chief Tomkins detached VRC-30 Detachment Five and reported to Newport, RI as a student of the Senior Enlisted Academy and after graduating in February 2009 he reported to VFA-102, the world famous Diamondbacks in Atsugi, Japan. After detaching from VFA-102 in October 2009 he reported as the Maintenance Master Chief to HSM-41 in San Diego, California. He detached in December 2010 and reported to the CMC/COB course where he graduated and reported onboard the USS PRINCETON as the CMC.
During his career, Master Chief Tomkins has flown over 3,300 hours in the C-2A(R) Greyhound and C-12 Huron. His personal awards include the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and various unit and campaign awards.