|CMDCM Michael Heisler
Command Master Chief (December 2012 - October 2012)
Command Master Chief Heisler, a native of Tecumseh, Michigan, enlisted in the Navy in August 1987. Following completion of basic training at RTC, Great Lakes, Illinois he reported to Naval Training Center, Millington, Tennessee where he completed rate training as an Aviation Electronics Technician. His first assignment was VAW-120 at NAS Norfolk, Va. There he qualified as a Plane Captain (PC) and worked in the Line Division as a PC and Avionics Department as an Avionics Technician repairing the E-2C and C-2 radar, navigation, communication, computer and data link systems. He conducted carrier qualifications on USS America, USS Saratoga and USS Eisenhower.
In 1990 he reenlisted as a Training and Administration of Reservists (TAR) and reported to VRC-40 at NAS Norfolk, Va. There he qualified as Collateral Duty Inspector (CDI), PC and advanced to third class. In 1992, he received orders to VAW-78 at NAS Norfolk, Va. He qualified as a CDI, PC, Safe for Flight (SFF), advanced to second class petty officer and in 1995 he was advanced to first class under the Command Advancement Program (CAP). He conducted counter narcotic operations in Panama, Puerto Rico, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and carrier qualifications onboard the USS Washington and USS Stennis.
In 1997 he reported to NAR Norfolk, Va. as an instructor. He designated as a Master Training Specialists, led the Tidewater Campaign Drug Free program, awarded LACAIR Sailor of the Year and conducted multiple counter narcotic operations with VAW-120 in Puerto Rico. In 1999 he advanced to Chief Petty Officer.
In 2000 he reported to VR-56 at NAS Norfolk, Va. There he worked as the Division LCPO for both the Avionics and Supply Department and finally Maintenance Control. He qualified as SFF on the C-9 platform and deployed as the Deployment LCPO to Atsugi, Japan, Sigonella, Sicily, and the United Arab Emirates. 2004, he advanced to Senior Chief and transferred to VP-69 in Whidbey Island, Washington.
At VP-69, his assignments included: Quality Assurance Supervisor for VP-46; Quality Assurance Supervisor/Officer, Maintenance Control Senior Chief Petty Officer, and Command Senior Chief for VP-69. In 2008, he graduated from the Senior Enlisted Academy and reported to HSL-60 at NAS Mayport, Fl.
As the Maintenance Senior Chief Petty Officer for HSL-60 he managed eight H-60 aircraft and 150 maintenance personnel through one deployment onboard the USS Underwood and humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti. 2009, he was recognized as HSL- 60’s Enlisted Leader of the Year and Helicopter Wing Enlisted Leader of the Year for 2010. In 2010, he earned Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Management from Excelsior College. December of 2010, Master Chief Heisler assumed duties as Command Mater Chief, USS MCCLUSKY (FFG 41).
His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), and various unit awards.