|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” schools in December 1993.
At sea he served in USS Rushmore (LSD 47) as leading Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) technician, earning his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) qualification; commissioned both USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Dewey (DDG 105) as weapons department leading chief petty officer; and served as the command master chief of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 “Mighty Shrikes”. While at sea he completed three Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf deployments in support of Battle Group and Surface Action Group operations and two Unit Deployed Program (UDP) deployments in direct support of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, forward-deployed to Iwakuni, Japan. During his UDP deployments he earned both his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) and Fleet Marine Force (Air Combat Element) (FMF(ACE)) qualifications.
Ashore his tours include Fleet Training Center, San Diego as a CIWS instructor leading petty officer, earning his Master Training Specialist qualification; and Naval Medical Center, San Diego as the Directorate for Mental Health Senior Enlisted Leader.
Master Chief Petty Officer Lunsford reported May 2012 to Pre-Commissioning Unit America (LHA 6) as the command master chief. He is the senior enlisted Sailor on board, 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 the 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.