USS Hopper (DDG 70)
"Dare and Do"
CMDCM(SW) William Brent Blalock
Command Master Chief
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Master Chief Petty Officer Blalock hails from Fort Gaines, Ga. After graduating from Early County High School in Blakely, GA, he enlisted in the Navy under the Delayed Entry Program in May 1999. He reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois to complete basic training that November. Following completion of recruit training, he attended EM “A” School in Great Lakes, Illinois.

His first sea duty assignment was USS SHREVEPORT LPD-12 from 2000-2003. During which time, he was Command Advanced from Third Class Petty Officer to Second Class Petty Officer. From 2003 to 2006 he served at Southeast Regional Maintenance Center, Mayport, FL where he was advanced to First Class Petty Officer. He then transferred to USS BLUE RIDGE LCC-19 Yokosuka, JP from 2006 to 2010 where he was selected to Chief Petty Officer. From 2010 to 2012 he was stationed onboard USS PHILLIPINE SEA CG-58 as the E-Division and Engineering Departmental LCPO. Following her, he transferred to Southeast Regional Calibration Center, NAS Jacksonville FL from 2012 to 2014 and served as the Maintenance Master Chief Petty Officer and Senior Enlisted Leader. Additionally, he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer and volunteered to curtail shore duty one year early to return to sea duty. After leaving SERCC he reported onboard USS JOHN PAUL JONES DDG 53 to fulfill the duties as the 3MC. From 2014 to 2017, he held the duties of the 3MC and EX Departmental Leading Chief Petty Officer. He was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer in 2016. In the spring of 2017, he was honorably selected for the Command Master Chief program. Upon completion of the CMC/COB course in Newport, RI, Master Chief Blalock reported to the USS HOPPER DDG-70 in July 2017. He is also a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 191.

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), Good Conduct Award (Bronze Star in Lieu of Fifth Award), Military Outstanding Volunteer

Service Medal(2 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and numerous unit service and campaign awards.

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