October 13, 2016 - Present
CMDCM Kassel K. Ndiaye
Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief Kassel K. Ndiaye joined the United States Navy in June 1997 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois. Upon completion of basic training, he attended Basic Engineering Common Core School at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois.

His first sea tour assignment was at Assault Craft Unit-1 in Sasebo, Japan. In October 2000 he reported to USS Ardent (MCM 12) in Bahrain where he served as a Work Center Supervisor and proceeded to his next tour of duty at AS-39 SITE COMP in La Maddalena, Italy.

In 2004, he reported to Recruit Training Command as a Recruit Division Commander where he trained more than 600 recruits and received his Master Training Specialist qualification. After detaching from RTC in 2008, he was assigned to Forward Operating Base, Gardez, Afghanistan.

In 2010, he transferred to USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and crew swapped to USS Germantown (LSD 42) in 2011. He then returned to RTC in February 2013, and trained more than 350 recruits and assumed duties as LCPO of Fire Fighting Training Division. In December 2015, he detached from RTC to report to COMLCSRON1 and was selected for the Command Master Chief program in 2016.

Master Chief Ndiaye reported for his current assignment as Command Master Chief of USS Gridley (DDG 101) in September 2016. He is a graduate of Excelsior College earning an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science, the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 171) and the Command Master Chief Capstone Course (Class 157).

His personal decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), and numerous unit and campaign awards.

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