|CMDCM(SW) Kenneth W. Robertson
Command Master Chief
Command Master Chief (SW) Robertson, a native of Houston, Texas and graduate of Aldine High School. In August 1988, he enlisted in the Navy and completed Recruit Training and Radioman “A” School in San Diego, California.
His sea duty assignments include tours at Commander Carrier Group 4 from March 1989 to August 1993; USS DECATUR (DDG 73) from March 1997 to December 2001, for which he is a plankowner and deployed twice to the Western Pacific in support of the Global War on Terrorism; and at Commander Destroyer Squadron 31 as the communication officer. During this tour, he completed the world cruise on board USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70).
Robertson’s shore duty assignments include: Naval Communications Area Master Station Honolulu, Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific Pearl Harbor, and Surface Warfare Officer School Command (SWOS) Newport, Rhode Island. While stationed at Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, he was certified as a master training specialist (MTS).
He was selected to chief petty officer in 2003 and then to senior chief petty officer in 2006. In July 2007, he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 134) “Gray” and was selected for the Command Master/Senior Chief Program and completed the CMC/COB Course (Class 62).
Robertson assumed duties as command senior chief on board USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48) in August 2009. As command senior chief, he completed two deployments to the Western Pacific and was selected to master chief petty officer in July 2012. In May 2013, he reported to USS SAN DIEGO (LPD 22) as command master chief, where he led a newly commissioned ship through their first basic phase cycle, which achieved superior results, earning two consecutive Command Retention Excellence and Battle “E” Awards, in addition to successfully completing a maiden deployment from July 2014 to February 2015. Robertson reported to USS AMERICA (LHA 6) in April 2015 as the ship’s second command master chief.
His awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), and numerous campaign medals and unit citations. He is also authorized to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Insignia.