|CMDCM(SW/AW/FMF) Chad Lunsford
Command Master Chief
Command Master Chief (SW/AW/FMF) Chad Lunsford enlisted in the Navy in April 1992. After completing basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, he attended Fire Controlman (FC) A and C schools.
The Bloomington, Calif. native reported to his first command, USS Rushmore (LSD 47), in February 1994. During his tour there, he completed two deployments to the Western Pacific.
In 1999, he transferred to Fleet Training Center, San Diego and earned his Master Training Specialist (MTS) certification while teaching all CIWS courses of instruction.
Command Master Chief Lunsford was promoted to chief petty officer in 2001 and reported to Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Preble (DDG 88), serving as Guns Division Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) and force protection officer. He completed the ship’s maiden deployment to the Arabian Gulf, and in 2004 was advanced to senior chief petty officer.
In 2005, he reported to Naval Medical Center, San Diego, serving as a certified as a Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor and branch clinic senior enlisted leader (SEL). One year later, he was selected as SEL of the Directorate of Mental Health.
He graduated from the Senior Enlisted Academy in 2008 and reported to PCU Dewey (DDG 105). There he served as Weapons Department LCPO, acting command master chief and the ATFP lead for the ship’s security program, certification process and commissioning ceremony. He was promoted to master chief petty officer in 2009.
After completing the Command Master Chief Course in 2010, he reported as command master chief of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 “Mighty Shrikes” and made two, six-month Unit Deployed Program (UDP) deployments to Iwakuni, Japan, as part of Marine Amphibious Group 12.
Command Master Chief Lunsford is currently the command master chief of USS America (LHA 6). He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from National University and a master’s degree in business administration from Trident University International. His personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) and various unit, campaign and service awards.