CMDCM Pedro Santos
Command Master Chief (May 2010 - October 2012)
CMDCM Pedro Santos enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1987. He completed Basic training in San Diego, Ca. His first duty station was USS Wisconsin (BB-64) Norfolk, Va, where he was assigned as a member of 5th Division. He then transferred to the USS Missouri (BB-63) Long Beach, Ca, assigned as a member of 3rd Division, where he achieved the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. His next assignment was NAS Sigonella, Sicily, where he was assigned to Security Department where he was promoted to Petty Officer Second Class.
His next assignment was Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit EIGHT NAS Sigonella, Sicily. There, he garnered the rank of First Class Petty Officer, There he received various assignments such as Leading Petty Officer Maintenance Division, Command 3-M Coordinator. He then transferred to Readiness Reserve Center, Alameda, Ca, as Leading Petty Officer Training and Manpower Department . In September 2000, he transferred to USS Elliot (DD 967) as Deck Division LPO. On there, he completed cruises in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, he then transferred to the USS Cornado (AGF-11).
His genuine Sailorization efforts were soon recognized by the Navy and he was therefore promoted to Chief Petty Officer (CPO). In 2003, he was assigned to the USS Higgins (DDG-76) as Deck Leading Chief Petty Officer completing several deployments, and later was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. He reported aboard USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) in 2006, as Deck Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, also completing several deployments. In Oct 2008, he reported to the USS Cleveland (LPD-7) as Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, where he was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer. In 2009, he was assigned to USS Boxer (LHD-4) as Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, where he was selected into the Command Master Chief program.
CMDCM Santos is a graduate of the March 2008 Senior Enlisted Academy Non-Residence Course and CMC/COB (Class 73). Command Master Chief Santos is currently serving as CMDCM for the USS Cape St. George (CG-71).
His personal awards includes the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (5 awards), Good Conduct Medals (5 awards), and numerous campaign, personal, and unit citations. Master Chief Santos is a qualified Surface Warfare Specialist.