(July 26, 2017 - Present)
CMC (SW/AW) Benjamin Washington 
Command Master Chief 

Command Master Chief Benjamin L. Washington is a native of Rochester, N.Y. He enlisted in the Navy in March 1997.

Washington attended Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois and Operations Specialist ‘A’ school in Dam Neck, Va. His first assignment was pre-commissioning unit Decatur (DDG 73). His other assignments include USS Thach (FFG 43); USS Higgins (DDG 76); USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52); USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6); USS Bunker Hill (CG 52); Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Training Center, Point Loma Annex and Center for Surface Combat Systems Detachment, San Diego.

Washington is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 202 Gold) in Newport, R.I. and holds an Associate in General Science from National University.

Upon graduation from Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 174) in Newport, R.I., he reported as Command Master Chief on USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), homeported in San Diego, Ca.

Washington’s personal awards include a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and numerous campaign awards. He is qualified to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare and Enlisted Aviation Warfare insignias.


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