|CMDCM David P. Martinez
Command Master Chief
Command Master Chief Martinez is a native of Riverside, California. After graduating from Canyon Springs High School, he joined the Navy in July 1991. After completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, he attended AG “A” school at Chanute AFB, Illinois from 1991 to 1992.
His first assignment was the USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) from 1992 to 1994 where he was a Weather Observer for the ship’s Oceanographer during many exercises, missions and campaigns including Operations Southern Watch and while completing two Western Pacific deployments. From 1994 to 1995, he was transferred to the Mobile Environmental Team in San Diego, California; there, he embarked on various home-ported ships in order to provide weather services and support to Commanding Officers afloat. In 1995, he attended AG “C” school at Keesler AFB, Mississippi; from there, between 1996 to 1998, he volunteered for his third straight sea duty tour aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) where he provided weather information to the Admiral’s Staff and ship’s Oceanographer and completed one Mediterranean Cruise while earning the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Pin. Following, he reported to the Naval Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) Center in Norfolk, Virginia in 1998 where he provided aviation weather to various pilots and enroute weather to numerous Fleet assets. From there, he transferred to the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in 2001 where he made Chief Petty Officer and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist pin.
In 2004, he reported aboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) where he supervised 20 METOC personnel and hundreds of Sailors as the command Indoctrination Leading Chief Petty Officer. Further, he served as the Chief Petty Officer Association President and completed two more Western Pacific cruises including the provision of humanitarian assistance to the people of Sumatra following the infamous Asian Tsunami in 2004. After, he reported to the Naval Maritime Forecast Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 2007. As Operations Department LCPO, he qualified and supervised over 100 personnel providing enroute weather and tropical cyclone evasion information to Navy, Military Sealift Command and Coast Guard assets in the Third, Fifth and Seventh Fleets. Following, he reported to the USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57) in March 2010 where he served as the Maintenance & Material Management (3M) Coordinator and acting Command Senior Chief during a critical billet gap. While attached, he embarked on two more Western Pacific deployments and helped lead the crew through various inspections and certifications. Within one year onboard, he was selected for the Command Senior Chief program and was hand-picked for orders to the USS PATRIOT (MCM 7) where he served from June 2012 to December 2013 before reporting aboard the USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG 60) where he currently serves today.
His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), the Battle “E” Efficiency award (two awards) and various unit and campaign awards. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Management from Hawaii Pacific University.