USS Sampson
"Through Courage and Arms"
Command Master Chief (June 1, 2015 - Present)
CMDCM(SW) David L. Dirks
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Dirks enlisted in the United States Navy August 1996 and completed Recruit Training Command October, 1996 and received orders to Advanced Electronics Technical Training School with a follow on assignment to Fire Controlman (FC) “A” School. Upon Completion of FC “A” school he received orders to MK 92 FCS School in San Diego, California.
His duty assignments include USS ESTOCIN (FFG 15) from July 1998 to March 2002 where he qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. USS CARR (FFG 52) from June 2002 to November 2003. Training Support Center, Great Lakes from January 2004 to June 2005. Center Surface Combat System (CSCS) from June 2005 – January 2007 where he earned his Master Training Specialist qualification and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. USS MCCLUSKY (FFG 41) from February 2007 to October 2010. While onboard, he qualified Combat Information Center Watch Officer (CICWO), Officer of the Deck (OOD) Underway, and Tactical Actions Officer (TAO) and was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. USS THACH (FFG 43) from October 2010 to February 2012 where he requalified CICWO, OOD (Underway) and TAO while conducting UNITAS AND PANAMEX 2011. Southwest Regional Maintenance Center from March 2012 to April 2015 where he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer.
Master Chief Dirks was selected as a Command Master Chief in 2015 and now serves as USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) Command Master Chief. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 168 “Purple”) in 2012, Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course in 2015. His personal awards include: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards), Good Conduct Medal (5 awards) and various unit and campaign medals.
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