USS Higgins
First to Fight!
Command Master Chief (August 15, 2014 - Present)
CMDCM(SW/AW) Joel Rodriguez
Command Master Chief

A native of Woodland, California, Master Chief Rodriguez enlisted in the Navy in January 1993. Upon completion of Basic Training and Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ) “A” School in Meridian, MS he reported as an AZAR to the Gunfighters of Fighter Squadron ONE TWO FOUR (VF-124) at NAS Miramar, San Diego.
Upon completion of his shore duty, he attended AZ “C” school in Millington, TN before reporting to the USS BOXER (LHD-4) for sea duty. His other sea duty assignments include the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) and Commander, Naval Air Forces, U. S. Pacific Fleet.
Master Chief Rodriguez’s shore duty assignments include the Grim Reapers of Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO ONE (VF-101) Detachment Miramar, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group, Pacific Fleet (FASOTRAGRUPAC) San Diego, CA and Commander Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet (COMHSCWINGPAC) San Diego, CA.
Master Chief Rodriguez was selected into the Command Senior Chief program in 2012, is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, and earned his Associated Degree in Business Administration from Vincennes University.
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and various service and campaign awards.
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