Command Master Chief (January 26, 2016 - Present)
CMDCM Charles F. Ziervogel
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Ziervogel enlisted in the Navy in August of 1989. Following Basic Training in Orlando, Florida he entered the Navy Nuclear Power Training Pipeline. In September of 1991, he completed training at Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Charleston, South Carolina where he earned the navy classification as Nuclear Power Plant Operator. From October 1991 to December 1996 he served as a member of Reactor Control Division onboard USS Nebraska (SSBN 739 Gold) through New Construction and Commissioning, completing 5 strategic deterrent patrols.

From January 1997 through April 2000 he served as an instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command and was onboard to assist in moving the Command from Orlando, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina. While teaching at Electronics Technician “A” School Master Chief Ziervogel earned his Master Training Specialist certificate in February of 1998 and also served as the staff and student Command Fitness Leader.

From April 2000 until April 2001, he was chosen as a member of the initial manning crew onboard USS Virginia (SSN 774) and was selected for Chief Petty Officer. From April 2001 to April 2003, he served on board USS Augusta (SSN 710) where he was assigned as the Reactor Control Division Leading Chief Petty Officer and completed a Northern Atlantic Deployment and various Eastern and Southern Atlantic missions. In April of 2003, he was selected for advancement to Senior Chief Petty Officer and assigned as the initial Reactor Control Division Leading Chief Petty Officer on board USS Hawaii (SSN 776) during her New Construction and Commissioning period.

During the time he was assigned on board he also served as the Engineering Department Master Chief from September 2008 and completed one Eastern Atlantic, and one Western Pacific Deployment, and various missions in support of the Global War on Terrorism, followed by a Post Shakedown Availability yard period and a change of homeport from Groton, Connecticut to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in June of 2009.

Master Chief Ziervogel reported in April of 2010 as the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Chief of Naval Research, an Echelon I command where his duties included managing the fifty-two million dollar (annually) Quick Reaction Science and Technology Programs for the Office of Naval Research. In March of 2013, he was selected for the Command Master Chief program and completed a rating conversion to Command Master Chief, transferring in April 2013.

Master Chief most recently served as the Command Master Chief for the HSC-15 Red Lions, a helicopter squadron stationed at North Island NAS, San Diego under Carrier Air Wing 17 attached to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

Master Chief is entitled to wear the Meritorious Service Medal (1 award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.


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