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CMDCM(SW/AW) David W. Blackburn
CMDCM(SW/AW) David W. Blackburn
Command Master Chief (September 2009 - July 2011)

Command Master Chief David W. Blackburn attended Belton High School in Belton, Missouri and graduated in May 1985. He enlisted in the United States Navy in December 1986 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Florida. Upon completion of recruit training, he attended Yeoman “A” School in Meridian, MS.

He reported in May 1987 to USS BREWTON (FF 1086) homeported in Pearl Harbor, HI where he made a five-month South Pacific deployment. He transferred in May 1990 to Naval Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, HI where he served as Leading Petty Officer. In May 1993, he transferred to USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan and served as the Educational Services Officer.

In May 1995, he transferred to USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) in Pearl Harbor, HI and served as Admin/Personnel Workcenter Supervisor and in April 1997, he split-toured and reported to USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57) as the Administration Department Leading Petty Officer, earning his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Insignia and made a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations.

In April 1999, Master Chief Blackburn transferred to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium and served as Executive Assistant to Major General Robert Dierker, USAF and Assistant Officer-in-Charge of U.S. Navy Element and was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in September 1999. Following his second shore tour, he reported to Special Projects Patrol Squadron TWO (VPU-2 WIZARDS) in January 2002 as the Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, making four detachments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Insignia and was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer in April 2002.

In December 2004, he reported to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) Headquarters as Administration Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. During this tour, he served on an Individual Augmentee tour in Baghdad, Iraq from January to September 2007 with Commander, Joint CREW Composite Squadron ONE in support of the Counter Improvised Explosive Device mission and was promoted to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer in April 2007. Master Chief Blackburn returned to COMPACFLT and then detached and reported to Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI as Administration Department Leading Chief Petty Officer from January to October 2008. He was selected for the Command Master Chief Program and served as the Command Master Chief from November 2008 to June 2009. He reported to USS HOWARD (DDG 83) in September 2009 and is currently serving as the Command Master Chief.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 122 (Blue Group) and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Capstone Course Class 64. Command Master Chief Blackburn’s personal awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (eight awards) and various campaign, unit and service decorations.


Commander, Third Fleet, Vice Admiral Hunt addresses junior officers abord USS Howard
USS HOWARD (DDG 83) Sponsor Tour
NSFS FIREX Training Aboard USS Howard (DDG 83)
USS Howard DDG 83
Replenishment at sea.
USS Howard (DDG 83) Sailors bid farewell to the Republic of the Philippines
Members Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) Team board one of HOWARD’s two rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) in preparation.
Philippine Navy commandos board USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50)
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