|CMC Donald A. Charbonneau
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Petty Officer Charbonneau is a native of Southbridge, Massachusetts. He graduated from Southbridge High School in 1988 and immediately enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He received Recruit Training and Seaman Apprentice Training in Great Lakes, Illinois. In March 1989 he reported to Assault Craft Unit Five, where he received his rating designation as Gunners Mate Guns and experienced his first deployment to the Western Pacific onboard USS Comstock (LSD-45) Detachment Delta during Operation Desert Shield.
In October 1992 he transferred to USS Camden (AOE-2) where he was assigned to Weapons Division as Ammunition Administrator and Work Center Supervisor and completed two deployments to the Western Pacific. In October 1997 he reported to Navy Recruiting District Phoenix where he was assigned at Navy Recruiting Station Desert Sky until August 2001. He then transferred to USS Oldendorf (DD-972) where he assumed duties as Leading Petty Officer of Combat Systems Gunnery Division and Small Arms Marksmanship Instructor.
In December 2003 he decommissioned Oldendorf and embarked on USS Fletcher (DD-992) where he completed a crew swap deployment to the Western Pacific. Then he was embarked on USS Squall (PC-7) where he was assigned as Weapons Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and obtained his Officer of the Deck at Sea Qualification. He completed a second crew swap deployment to the Western Pacific onboard USS Chinook (PC-9). In August 2005 he reported to Navy Recruiting District Phoenix for a second recruiting tour where he was assigned as Advanced Programs Supervisor. During this tour he obtained his associates’ degree in Applied Science from Columbia Southern University.
In August 2009 he reported to MCM Crew Persistent where he was assigned as the Command Senior Chief and embarked on USS Scout (MCM-8), USS Devastator (MCM-6) and USS Sentry (MCM-3) where he completed two crew swap deployments to the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility.
In May 2011 he reported to USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) where he is presently serving as the Command Master Chief.
Master Chief Charbonneau’s personal awards include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (10), Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and various Joint/Navy Unit and Campaign Awards.