|CMDCM(SW/AW) Thaddeus T. Wright
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Wright is a native of Elmira, New York. He enlisted in the Navy in July 1989. He was meritoriously advanced to E-2 after graduating Recruit Training Command, San Diego in September 1989. He later enrolled into the Mess Management Specialist (MS) “A” School and completed training in December 1989.
After MS “A” School he reported to USS THORN (DD-988) during the ship’s 1989-1990 Mediterranean deployment. In June 1991 he was advanced to Third Class Petty Officer and was selected to serve on the staff of Commander, South Atlantic Force, US Atlantic Fleet (USCOMSOLANT). While serving on the staff he deployed onboard USS O’BANNON (DD 987) during UNITAS XXXII. In December 1991 he returned back to USS THORN (DD 988) and finished the 1991-1992 Mediterranean cruise. After the 1993-1994 Mediterranean cruise he was meritoriously advanced to E-5 and completed the March-April 1994 Blue Nose – Arctic Circle cruise.
In May 1994 he received orders to Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, MS for 3 years of shore duty at Colmer Galley. The galley provided meals to the base tenant commands, Naval Mobile Construction Battalions 1, 7, 74, and 133. This tour allowed MS2 Wright to work in every galley and barracks job positions within the entire MS rating.
In 1997 he received orders to USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) and immediately went on deployment during the 1997-1998 World Tour/Homeport Change. After arriving in Newport News, VA in 1998 during NIMITZ’s Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) he was promoted to First Class Petty Officer. In 1999, he took an opportunity to serve as the S-2 Leading Petty Officer onboard USS TRENTON (LPD 14) and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare (ESWS) pin which he completed from NIMITZ. In addition, he was selected to serve on the staff of Commander-in Chief Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)/Commander-in Chief, Western Atlantic Area (CINCWESTLANT) where he began training as a Flag MS/Enlisted Aide.
In 2000 he was assigned to the Commander, Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (COMSTANAVFORLANT). This unique flag command required him to deploy for 1 year onboard USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD 980), USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51), and USS TORTUGA (LSD 46). In addition, MS1(SW) Wright re-qualled his ESWS on all 3 platforms during his tour at COMSTANAVFORLANT.
In 2001 he became an Enlisted Aide via MS “Special Programs,” and was assigned to the Commander Naval Forces Marianas (COMNAVMARIANAS). Within the same year he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer. In efforts to expand his deckplate leadership capabilities, he disenrolled from the Enlisted Aide program and went back to leading Sailors at sea.
In 2002 he became the Leading MS onboard USS NORMANDY (CG 60) and immediately deployed with the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) Battle Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2005 and deployed with USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) Expeditionary Strike Group.
In 2006 he was selected to serve as the Force Culinary Specialist (CS) at Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT). In 2007 he assumed duties as the Force CS for COMNAVSURFLANT and Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC) which totaled over a 150 ships/tenant commands. In 2008 he was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer.
In 2009 Master Chief Wright was selected to serve on board USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as the Assistant Food Service Officer/Supply Services LCPO. He completed the last 2 deployments regarding Operation Enduring Freedom before the ship was decommissioned and earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare pin.
In 2012 Master Chief Wright was selected as the Supply Enlisted Community Manager Lead Technical Advisor of 17,000 Sailors in 5 ratings (LS, CS, SH, LS/FTS, CS/FTS) at BUPERS-3.
In 2014 Master Chief Wright was selected to Command Master Chief and is currently serving onboard USS SHILOH (CG 67), the Navy’s only Forward Deployed Naval Forces Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Cruiser in 7th Fleet.
Master Chief Wright’s personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), Good Conduct Medal (seven awards) and various service and campaign awards. He is a graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy 123 (Gold) and completed the CMC/COB course (Class 134).