|CMDCM(SW/AW) Sandra A. Dyal
Command Master Chief
CMDCM Dyal graduated from Palatka High School in Palatka, Florida, in 1987. She attended Recruit Training in Orlando, Florida in May 1991 and began her carrier as Torpedoman’s Mate.
Upon completion of ‘A’ School, she received her first assignment aboard USS SIMON LAKE (AS- 33) in Holy Loch, Scotland where she advanced to TM2 under the Command Advancement Program. In May 1995, she utilized the SCORE program to attend AO ‘A’ school in Millington, TN. Following transition, she served at NAWMU-1, Guam and Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department, Point Mugu, California. In October, 2000, Master Chief Dyal reported to the “World Famous Golden Dragons” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)192 located in Atsugi, Japan. During this tour she advanced to Chief Petty Officer.
In November 2002, she reported to C Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific (CNAF) and was hand-selected to serve as the fleet weapons representative for the Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI) Team responsible for all U.S. Navy and Marine Corp armament equipment, aviation support equipment, and ordnance handling equipment. Master Chief Dyal then reported to USS KITTY HAWK in Yokosuka, Japan in March 2005 as the Armament Branch LCPO.
In October 2007, Master Chief Dyal returned to CNAF where she was selected to serve as the CNAF U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Armament Weapons Manager. There she advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer and terminated shore duty to return to the fleet in January 2010 aboard USS NASSAU (LHA 4) as Weapons Department Leading Chief Petty Officer.
In May 2011, she reported to the “Dusty Dogs” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 as the Quality Assurance Supervisor, qualified Safe-for-Flight, and was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer – the sixth female in the Navy’s history to serve as an Aviation Ordnanceman Master Chief. In 2013, she deployed with HSC-7 as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader during HARRY S. TRUMAN STRIKE GROUP’S 2013 deployment in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
In February 2014, she graduated from the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 178, Blue) and reported to Navy Munitions Command CONUS East as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader. Master Chief Dyal was subsequently selected for the Command Master Chief Program and completed the Command Master Chief Course (Class 15130) in August 2015.
In September 2015, she reported to the USS New York (LPD 21) as Command Master Chief. She led the crew through Basic Phase, CNO Maintenance Avail, and Board of Inspection and Survey Inspection. Her efforts resulted in the 2016 Retention Excellence Award, the Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic’s 2016 Battle Effectiveness Award, and the 2016 Commander Naval Region Southeast Community Service Award.
Master Chief Dyal’s personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6) and various unit and campaign medals.