|CMDCM(SW/AW) Donald Leppert
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Leppert, a native of Binghamton, New York, grew up in Newport, North Carolina, enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1989. Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Chicago, Illinois he reported to Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois where he completed Fire Controlman “A” school.
Upon graduation, Master Chief Leppert reported to his first ship, USS Vulcan (AR-5), home-ported in Norfolk, Virginia. He then attended Close in Weapons System “C” school in Dam Neck, Virginia. Upon completion of training, Master Chief Leppert reported to USS Seattle (AOE-3), home-ported in Earle, New Jersey. Subsequent tours of duty include: Law enforcement duties in Key West, Florida; Tomahawk “C” school in Dam Neck, Virginia; USS McFaul (DDG-74), Norfolk, Virginia; USS Philippine Sea (CG-58), Mayport, Florida; Counter Rocket and Mortar Joint Intercept Battery, Baghdad, Iraq; Instructor duty at Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Command Master Chief for VFA-154(Black Knights), Lemoore, California.
Master Chief Leppert is currently serving as the Command Master Chief for USS CHOSIN (CG 65), Pearl Harbor, HI. Master Chief Leppert is a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University where he earned an Associate’s degree in Supervisory Leadership. Master Chief Leppert is also a graduate of the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 153 Gold, and the Navy's Command Master Chief course. He is qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Afloat Training Specialist.
His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, eight Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, seven Good Conduct Medals, and various Unit Medals and Awards