CMDCM(SW/AW) Vaughn Coker
Command Master Chief - Blue Leadership
(Relieved March 2012)
Master Chief Coker is a graduate of DeRidder High School, Beauregard Parish, LA. He enlisted in the United States Navy on September 18, 1988. He completed Recruit Training at RTC San Diego, CA with follow-on training at Seaman Apprentice School at NTC San Diego, CA.
After completing the Apprentice training, he reported to his first assignment, which was deck department onboard the USS Midway CV-41 from November 1988 to January 1991. He quickly qualified Helmsman and Rig Captain for underway replenishments. He was also advanced to Petty Officer Third Class.
In March 1991, Master Chief Coker reported to deck department onboard the USS Ranger CV-61, where he qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. He was the division work-center supervisor and became one of the few Master Helmsmen onboard the Ranger.
In October 1993, he reported to his first small boy, the USS McClusky FFG-41 as Deck Department LPO.
In November 1996, Master Chief Coker joined the recruiting force at NRD New Orleans and was assigned to NRS Jacksonville in Arkansas where he became the Recruiter-in-Charge.
After a successful tour in recruiting, he reported to COMFAIRKEF, Iceland, in November 1999 where he assumed the duty responsibilities as Command Career Counselor.
In November 2002, Master Chief Coker reported to Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) as the Command Career Counselor and Command Airlift Coordinator.
Master Chief Coker transferred to Navy Information Operations Command Maryland (NIOCMD) in December 2004. He obtained his Associate of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources from Columbia Southern University. While stationed at NIOCMD, he was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program.
Master Chief Coker reported to the Senior Enlisted Academy Class 139 in June 2008 with follow-on orders to the USS Ronald Reagan. In May 2009, Master Chief Coker reported to the USS Freedom LCS 1 as the Command Senior Chief. He was advanced to Master Chief and converted to the Command Master Chief Program.
In addition to various unit awards, Master Chief Coker’s personal awards include the following: Navy Commendation Medal with one Silver Star, Navy Achievement Award with one Silver Star and Outstanding Volunteer Medal.