USS Pinckney
"Proud to Serve"
Command Master Chief (January 11, 2018 - Present)
CMDCM(SW/AW) Melvin L. Isom
Command Master Chief
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Master Chief Isom assumed responsibilities as Command Master Chief of USS PINCKNEY (DDG 91) in January 2018, after serving as Commander, Carrier Strike Group SEVEN, Senior Enlisted Leader, San Diego.

A native of Pascagoula MS, Command Master Chief Isom enlisted in the Navy in 1993 and attended boot camp in Orlando, Fla. In 1994, he reported to Naval Training Center, Meridian, Mississippi, where he attended Yeoman “A” School. Upon graduation he was assigned to Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae Korea. In 1995, he reported to Assault Craft Unit ONE in San Diego. He would terminate shore duty in November 1997 to report to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in Newport News, VA. After a successful tour onboard NIMITZ, he then transferred to USCENTCOM in May 2001 serving as Admin support for J1 Personnel Readiness Division/Personnel Plans and Policy. In May 2004, he transferred to MHC CREW EXCEL in Ingleside, TX where he promoted to Chief Petty Officer in September 2005.

He then transferred to Naval Construction Regiment, Gulfport, MS in 2007 and deployed in 2009 to Kandahar Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2010 he transferred to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in Yokosuka, Japan where he served as Training Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. In September 2012 he transferred to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet where he served as N1 Directorate Leading Chief Petty Officer and was selected to Senior Chief Petty Officer. In September 2015 he transferred to Commander, Carrier Strike Group SEVEN and, in February 2016, selected into the Command Senior Chief Program, and advanced to Command Master Chief in August 2017.

He holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Studies from Vincennes University. Command Master Chief Isom is a graduate of Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 191 - GREEN) and CMC/COB (Class 18030) at the Naval Leadership and Ethics Center in Newport, RI.

His decorations include the Joint Service Commendation, Navy Commendation Medal (three), Joint Service Achievement Medal (two), Navy Achievement Medal (four), and various unit and campaign awards.

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