|CMDCM Chad L. Lunsford
Command Master Chief
Command Master Chief Petty Officer Lunsford enlisted in the Navy in 1992. He completed Recruit Training in June 1992 and graduated from Fire Controlman “A” and “C” School in December 1993.
At sea he served in USS Rushmore (LSD 47) as Leading CIWS Technician, earning his ESWS; Commissioned both USS Preble (DDG 88) as Weapons Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, and USS Dewey (DDG 105) as Weapons Department Leading Chief Petty Office, and served as the Command Master Chief of VFA-94 “Mighty Shrikes”. While at sea, he completed three Western Pacific and Persian Gulf Deployments in support of Battle Group and Surface Action Group operations and 2 Unit Deployed Program (UDP) deployments in direct support of 1st MAW forward deployed to Iwakuni Japan. During his UDP deployments he earned both his EAWS and FMF(ACE) qualifications.
Ashore his tours include Fleet Training Center, San Diego CA as CIWS instructor Leading Petty Officer, earning his Master Training Specialist qualification; and Naval Medical Center, San Diego CA as the Directorate for Mental Health Senior Enlisted Leader.
Master Chief Petty Officer Lunsford is named as the Command Master Chief in Pre-Commissioning Unit America (LHA 6), and will report May 2012. As the Command Master Chief, he is the senior enlisted Sailor and as such works as a liaison between the Commanding Officer and the enlisted ranks. In this capacity, he advises and assists the Commanding Officer in issues of quality of life, discipline, training, and morale.
Master Chief Petty Officer Lunsford completed the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 141) in September 2008 and Command Master Chief Capstone course in March 2010. He completed his bachelor’s degree in business management in October 2009 and his master’s degree in business administration in March 2012. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five Awards), and various unit and campaign awards.