USS Fitzgerald
"Protect Your People"
Master Chief Eric L. Cole
Command Master Chief (April 2009 - April 2011)

A native of Vacaville, California, Command Master Chief Cole entered the Navy in February 1985. He completed Basic Training at Recruit Training Command (RTC) San Diego, California and Hospital Corpsman “A” School in San Diego, California. He has completed Ocular Technician, Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman, and Field Medical Service  Schools. He is a graduate of the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 135.

His sea duty tours include Special Boat Unit TWELVE, Coronado, California, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FORTY, Port Hueneme, California and USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), San Diego, California. He assumed duties as Command Master Chief of the USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) in May 2008.

Ashore, Command Master Chief Cole served at Naval Hospital Oakland, California, US Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan, Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility, Boardman, Oregon and Fleet Aviation Specialized Training Group Pacific, North Island, California as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Instructor.

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various campaign and unit awards.


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