|CMDCM (SW/AW) Lateef N. Compton
Command Master Chief - Gold
Command Master Chief Petty Officer Compton is a native of Hartford, CT. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1993 and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1994. Following Basic Training in Great Lakes, IL, he attended MS “A” School in San Diego, CA.
Upon graduation from CS “A” School, he reported for duty to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in Norfolk, VA as first a cook-on-watch, then quickly promoted to Watch Captain. This is where he helped his team of Mess Specialist win the Edward F. Ney Award for food excellence.
Ashore, Master Chief Compton was stationed at NETC Newport, RI from December 1998 to January 2002. Here he served as the CBH manger and the Front Desk Supervisor. In his short time ashore he helped Naval Station Newport earn its Five-Star Admiral Zumwalt accreditation for excellence in hotel hospitality.
In 2002 he returned to sea-duty assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron- EIGHT-TWO (VFA-82) where he was named “Junior Sailor of the Year” in 2002 and “Sailor of the Year” in 2004. He completed two deployments onboard the USS ENTERPRISE and one onboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN for Operation Enduring Freedom. In September 2005 he helped decommission VFA-82.
In November 2005 after attending Enlisted Recruiting Orientation (ENRO) he reported to NRD Philadelphia were he served as Recruiter-in-Charge and Zone Supervisor. He also served as the Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) Manager and the Command Assessment Team (CAT) Leader.
In November 2008 he reported to class # 142 of the Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA).
In January of 2009 he transferred to the USS O’KANE were he assumed the duties as the Supply Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. Only after three weeks onboard he assumed duties as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the retired CMC.
In March of 2010 Master Chief Compton was selected by the Navy to serve as a Command Senior Chief and was directed to attend a joint training school at the Army Sergeants Major Academy - class # 62.
In July of 2011 he made his third trip back to Naval Station Newport to attend the CMC/COB course – class # 91.
On August 11, 2011 Command Master Chief Compton reported to PCU CORONADO LCS4 (GOLD) to serve as the Senior Enlisted Leader and the 3M Coordinator.
On May 23rd 2013 he was promoted to the highest enlisted rank, Command Master Chief.
Master Chief Compton has an Associate of Science Degree in Management and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management from Park University. He completed his graduate degree with The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in Arts with a leadership concentration.
His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and various unit citations. Additionally, he is authorized to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) designations.