Command Master Chief (May 2010 - May 2012) 
CMDCM (SW/AW) Theodore M. Verschueren
Command Master Chief (May 2010 - May 2012 - crew swap with BHR)

 Master Chief Verschueren is a native of Fountain Valley, California and graduated from Fountain Valley High School in 1983. He enlisted in the Navy in February 1986. After completion of Fire Controlman "A" and "C" schools in August of 1987, he was assigned to his first ship, USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) home ported in Norfolk, Virginia.

In June 1990, Master Chief Verschueren departed for Fire Controlman "C" school and was later assigned to the USS Roark (FF 1053) home ported in Treasure Island, Calif. Master Chief Verschueren decommissioned USS Roark in December 1991, and headed for AN/SPS 48E Radar "C" school in Mare Island, California with follow on orders to USS Arkansas (CGN 41) home ported in Alameda, California. In August 1994, Master Chief Verschueren finally has his first chance at shore duty when he reported for duty at Navy Recruiting District (NRD) San Francisco. During his tour of recruiting he achieved Recruiter of the Year for FY96 and Recruiter -in-Charge of the Year FY97.

Master Chief Verschueren left NRD San Francisco in November 1997 and reported for duty aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) home ported in San Diego , California . During his tour he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and also qualified as Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist. Following his tour onboard USS Boxer, Master Chief Verschueren reported for duty at NRD San Diego in March 2001. During his tour of recruiting he was advanced to both Senior and Master Chief Petty Officer in addition to qualifying as a Zone Supervisor. In June 2004, Master Chief Verschueren was assigned to the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the C5I Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. It was during this tour that he applied for the Command Master Chief program while performing interim CMC duties in the absence of the CMC during a six month deployment.

He has served as the Command Master Chief for USS McCampbell (DDG 85) from April 06 to July 07 and due to a hull swap, served as the Command Master Chief of USS Gary (FFG 51) from July 07 to March 08. USS Gary was awarded the Pacific Fleet Command Retention Excellence award during his tour. He is presently serving as Command Master Chief aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD6).

His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), Good Conduct Medal (six awards) and various other campaign awards.

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Ships of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), USS Stockdale and Royal Thai Navy ship HTMS Surin
USS Essex Returns to Sasebo
USS Essex sailors participate in command physical training
USS Essex (LHD 2) in support of Operation Tomodachi
USS Essex (lhd2)
USS Essex (lhd2)
USS Essex Chief Petty Officers Stand in Formation for Hull Swap.
Senior military and civil leaders of the United States and Japan observe a fireworks display aboard USS Essex (LHD 2)
Hull Technician 3rd Class Rachel Stubbs demonstrates how to use a self-contained breathing apparatus as part of a Board of Inspe
Lt. j.g. Peter Rusch points to a ship in Sasebo Harbor as the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) gets un
An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft lands on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
Marines assigned to the 31st MEU, embarked aboard USS Essex enter the well deck during CRRC operations
Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit fire handguns on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assau
Marine aviation ordnancemen move away from a AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft after arming a GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided bomb on th
The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) launches a RIM-7P Sea Sparrow missile from the ship's forward NAT
Members of the Indian armed forces tour the bridge of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
Seaman Brandon Cash assists in recovering Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
Commander James Johnson, command chaplain aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)
M-240B Machine Gun Fire Exercise
Sea and Anchor Detail form the Flight Deck Of USS ESSEX (LHD 2)
Aviation boatswain's mates clean wheel stop combing.
USS Essex making a port visit to hong kong
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Keen Sword 2011 in Japan
USS Essex Returns To Sasebo
Juliet Wharf provides upgraded facilities for the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), JMSDF Ships and other visiting ship
Capt. David Fluker walks through side boys during a change of command ceremony
Marines from the 31st MEU embark the USS Essex (LHD2) for a patrol in the Western Pacific.
Sailors and Marines unload 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit armories and equipment from a Landing Craft Utility 1634 to USS Denver
Marines board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter while an MH-60S Sea Hawk prepares to land on the flight deck of USS Essex
 Sailors direct a Royal Thai Navy Bell 212 helicopter aboard USS Essex (LHD 2).
USS Essex Hosts Flight Deck Reception in Cambodia
USS Essex Sailors Visit Cambodian Orphanage
Sailors assigned to USS Essex (LHD 2) and Marines from the 31st MEU return to the ship at Sepangar Naval Base
Sailors on the bridge of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) navigate the ship to the coast of Japan.
An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter transports humanitarian assistance supplies.
Sailors move supplies into the hangar bay of USS Essex (LHD 2)
Radiological control technicians inspect cargo for possible low-level radioactive contamination
A member of a Navy radiological assistance team, undergoes a radiological scan after arriving on the flight deck of USS Essex
U.S. Marines and a member of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force unload humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies
Sailors with Amphibious Squadron 11 direct Japanese utility repair vehicles onto Landing Craft Unit 1634.
Sailors attached to USS Essex (LHD 2) move a fishing boat from a harbor on Oshima Island, Japan.
USS Essex (LHD 2) transits in formation as JS Hyuga (DDH 181) transits in the background.
USS Essex (LHD 2) to offload vehicles from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
USS Essex LHD 2
Essex (LHD 2) departs Fleet Activities Sasebo
31st MEU walk down the pier at White Beach Naval Facility to embark the USS Essex
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force cadets during a tour of USS Essex
Biological and radiological protection gear drill on board USS Essex (LHD 2).
Fleet Master Chief Visits USS Essex
USS Essex (LHD 2)
USS ESSEX
USS Essex (LHD 2) Crew Celebrates Centennial of Naval Aviation
USS Essex (LHD 2) launches a RIM-7P Sea Sparrow missile during a live-fire missile exercise
AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron 214 lands on the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2)
USS Essex (LHD 2) Sailors Complete Ordnance Onload Prior to Deployment
High mobility multi-purpose vehicles with the 31st MEU drive onto the USS Essex (LHD 2) at White Beach Naval Facility Okinawa
USS Essex (LHD 2) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Justin Mitchell, right, fires the shot line to  USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9)
Marines assigned to the 31st MEU prepare to disembark the USS Essex
Sailors take the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony held aboard USS Essex
Marine Corps 236th Birthday Celebration
USS Essex (LHD 2)
USS Essex (LHD 2)
Sailors man the forward lookout watch on the signal bridge of USS Essex (LHD 2) as the ship arrives in Manila for a port visit.
USS Essex LHD 2
USS Essex (lhd2)
Chief of Navy’s Chaplain Corps Visits USS Essex
USS Essex (lhd2)
USS Essex (lhd2)
USS Essex (lhd2)
LCAC enters well deck of USS Essex.
Yeoman 2nd Class Kyle Parker takes his first class petty officer advancement examination.
Physical Training on board USS Essex (lhd2)
USS Essex (lhd2)
Capt. David Fluker answers questions for the Japanese media.

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