USS Cowpens
"Return To The Fight"
February 6, 2018 - Present
CMDCM David B. Jaynes
Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief David B. Jaynes is a native of Twin Falls, Idaho and enlisted in the delayed entry program in February 1991. Completing basic training at Naval Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois in November 1991, he proceeded to Naval Damage Control Training Center, Philadelphia, PA to complete Hull Maintenance Technician “A” School.

In February 1992 he reported to his first command, ASSAULT CRAFT UNIT 5 out of Camp Pendleton, CA. He completed a deployment onboard the USS RUSHMORE (LSD-47) where he qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. Five months upon his return he deployed again onboard the USS GERMANTOWN (LSD-42) home ported in Sasebo, Japan. Completing his initial sea tour in 1997, he reported to SIMA Everett, Detachment Bremerton and served as the Work Center Supervisor for 11A, Shipfitter Shop. In 1999 he assisted in the reorganization to Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility Pacific Northwest.

In April 2003, he reported to USS FRANK CABLE (AS-40) in Agana, Guam as the Planning and Estimating Officer Assistant. In September 2005 he was selected and advanced to Chief and became the LCPO of the Pipe Shop (56A). Completing his second sea tour in 2008, he reported to NRD San Antonio, NRS New Braunfels as the Recruiter in Charge. He was selected to serve as the LEADS Department LCPO and in 2011 he advanced to Senior Chief. He completed his Associates Degree in Marine Engineering from Coast Line Community College in 2009.

In June 2011, he reported back to USS FRANK CABLE (AS-40) as the Repair Master Chief during the Dry-Dock, Phased Maintenance Availability (DPMA) in Portland, Oregon from January to July 2012. In 2013, he was selected for the Command Senior Chief program and graduated from the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy Class 177 (Blue Group) and the CMC/COB Command Leadership course Class 140.

In December 2013 he reported as the Command Senior Chief of Puget Sound Naval Station and Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility Detachment Everett. He advanced to Master Chief in May of 2014 and cut shore duty short and reported to USS PRINCETON (CG 59) in December 2015. He was the driving force behind PRINCETON being awarded the Navy “E”, the Retention Excellence award two consecutive times, and the SPOKANE Trophy. He was selected and transferred to USS COWPENS (CG-63) in February 2018 for their transition back to the fleet from Cruiser Modification.

Master Chief Jaynes’ personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and various unit awards.

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