USS Pinckney
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Command Master Chief (February 26, 2013 - Present) 
CMDCM Ralph S. Crowder III
Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief Crowder hails from Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Edmondson High School in June 1990.

He enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program in June 1991 and attended Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois in October 1991. His follow-on training included Apprenticeship Training (ATD) School in Great Lakes, Illinois

He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 160/Green Group) and COB/CMC/CSC course in Newport, Rhode Island. He is also a graduate of the Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Equipment (ABE) A1 School in Millington, Tennessee, Maintenance Technician School in Lakehurst, New Jersey, Instructor Training Course in Bangor, Washington and received his Master Training Specialist in NATTC Pensacola, Florida. He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

His sea duty assignments include the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) home ported in Bremerton, Washington, USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) home ported in Bremerton, Washington, USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) home ported in San Diego, California / Bremerton, Washington and MCM Crew Leader embarked onboard USS DEXTROUS (MCM-13), USS WARRIOR (MCM-10), and USS SCOUT (MCM-8) home ported in San Diego, California / Manama, Bahrain. His shore duty assignments include two tours at Naval Air Technical Training Center, Pensacola, Florida.
His command positions include Leading Chief Petty Officer Safety Department, Leading Chief Petty Officer Bow, Waist and Maintenance Support in Air Department, V-2 Division, Leading Chief Petty Officer Air Training Department ABE A1 School, Quality Assurance Supervisor, Command Managed Equal Opportunity Coordinator (CMEO), Command Physical Readiness Training Coordinator, Vice President NATTC Chief Petty Officer Mess and Command Senior Chief.

Reported to his present command USS PINCKNEY (DDG-91) San Diego, California February 2013 to assume the duties and responsibilities as Command Master Chief.

CMDCM (AW/SW) Crowder is qualified to wear the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia and the Enlisted Surface Warfare insignia. His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), Military Outstanding Voluntary Service Medal and various other unit, service and campaign awards.
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