Command Master Chief (July 2016 - Present)
CMDCM (SW) Matthew E. Danforth
Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief Matthew E. Danforth is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in July of 1991 immediately after graduating from Perry Traditional Academy.

Danforth attended Recruit Training and GSE “A” School in Great Lakes, Illinois. His first assignment was to the Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily. His other assignments include USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70); Pearl Harbor Naval Brig, Ford Island, USS O’KANE (DDG 77); and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

He is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 134 Blue) in Newport, RI, and holds an Associate in Arts from Chaminade University.

Upon selection for Command Senior Chief and graduation from the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 61) in Newport, RI, he reported as the Senior Enlisted Leader on USS Crommelin (FFG 37). After completing two arduous 7th Fleet deployments he was selected for Master Chief. His next tour was Command Master Chief of the USS MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG 112) commissioned in NYC and home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He then reported aboard Naval Base Point Loma as the Command Master Chief.

Master Chief Danforth reported in August 2016 as Command Master Chief of USS ESSEX (LHD 2), homeported in San Diego, Ca.

Master Chief Danforth’s personal awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Enlisted Surface Warfare Insignia, and numerous campaign awards.


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