Command Master Chief (August 2013 - Present)
CMDCM(SW/AW) Richard L. Mengel
Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief Rick Mengel enlisted in the Navy on 17 November, 1993 and received basic training at Recruit Training Command Orlando, FL.

His first sea tour was aboard USS Camden (AOE 2), PSNS Bremerton, WA as an undesignated Seaman and later a Signalman Third Class. In 1998 he cross rated to Aviation Structural Mechanic and reported to his first shore tour at the EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron, home of the Vikings of VAQ-129, NAS Whidbey Island, WA. His second sea tour was with the Zappers of VAQ-130, NAS Whidbey Island, WA where he qualified as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist deployed aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). His second shore tour was at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, IL where he served as a Recruit Division Commander and RDC “C” school instructor and qualified as a Master Training Specialist. His third sea tour was with the Zappers of VAQ-130, NAS Whidbey Island, WA.

Master Chief Mengel was selected for the Command Senior Chief program in 2011 and reported for his first command tour with Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Crew Persistent aboard six different MCM hulls. After being advanced to Master Chief in 2013 he received orders to USS Shoup (DDG 86), home ported at Naval Station Everett, WA as her Command Master Chief.

He is a graduate of the Naval Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 147 (Gold Group) and the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat class 10701.

His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), Good Conduct Medal (seven awards) and various unit awards.
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