Command Senior Chief (October 2012 - June 2013)
Senior Chief Lovelace, a native of Abernathy, Texas, enlisted in the United States Navy in February 1993. Upon completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California, he reported for duty to HELSUPRON FIVE Naval Air Station Agana, Guam where he earned the Aviation Machinists Mate designation and served as a Landing Signalman Enlisted (LSE). He completed AD “A” school at Naval Air Technical Training Command, Millington, Tennessee, after his transfer from Guam in 1995.
Upon graduation, he was assigned to PATRON FOUR ZERO in Whidbey Island, WA where he was promoted to Third Class Petty Officer and earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare qualification. His following sea tours included duty at Special Projects Patrol Squadron TWO, Barbers Point, HI, where he was advanced to Second Class Petty Officer; STRKFITRON ONE ZERO TWO Atsugi, Japan where he advanced to First Class Petty Officer and earned his Safe for Flight designation. In 2006 Senior Chief Lovelace rotated to a shore tour at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, Lemoore, CA. and served as the Assistant Chief Petty Officer in Charge. He was selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer and earned his Master Training Specialist designation (MTS) during this tour. In 2009 he reported to STRKFITRON ONE THREE SEVEN, Lemoore, CA. While serving at VFA-137, he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and selected to become a Command Senior Chief.
Senior Chief Lovelace assumed his duties as the Command Senior Chief of the USS FORD (FFG 54), home ported in Everett, Washington in October of 2012. Senior Chief Lovelace is a graduate of the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class 168 (Grey) and the Command Leadership Course in Newport, RI.
His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.