Command Master Chief (June 2010 - June 2012) 
CMDCM(SW/AW/FMF) William R. Adams
Command Master Chief (June 2010 - June 2012)

Command Master Chief (SW/AW/FMF) William R. Adams is a native of Palestine, Texas. Graduating from Boot Camp and Hospital Corpsman "A" School in Great Lakes, Illinois in early 1988, he went on to attend Field Medical Service “C” School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

After his initial tour at Naval Hospital Millington, Tennessee, he transferred to 2d Force Service Support Group at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon graduation of Preventive Medicine Technician “C” School in Oakland, California he completed tours at Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, California and Naval Support Facility, Diego Garcia serving as the LPO of Preventive Medicine Division. He next reported for Joint Service Duty at Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, for Instructor Duty and the LPO of the Training Support Division.

He reported aboard the USS BRIDGE (AOE 10) in March 2001, completing deployments in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, being promoted to Chief Petty Officer during this tour. Transferring to the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Pendleton, California, he deployed as the LCPO of Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 to Al Taqaddum, Iraq.

In December 2006 he reported aboard Naval School of Health Sciences San Diego, California as the SEL of the Preventive Medicine Technician “C” School where he successfully qualified as a Master Training Specialist and was selected for promotion to Senior Chief Petty Officer and the Command Senior Chief Program.

Following attendance at the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 138) and the CMC/COB Courses in Newport, Rhode Island he served as the Command Senior Chief onboard USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57). After his selection to Master Chief he transferred to USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101) to assume the duties as the Command Master Chief.

His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), and various other service, unit, and campaign awards. 

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USS Gridley during a refueling at sea
USS Gridley (DDG 101) prepares to moor at the Tomakomai West Port for a scheduled port visit
USS Gridley (DDG 101) is underway at flight quarters alongside the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), not pictured.
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Pacific Ocean
SAN DIEGO (July 7, 2010) - Ensign Riley Robinson on board USS Gridley (DDG 101) participates in a ship board drill as the Anti-T

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