Command Master Chief (September 2009 - September 2011) 
CDMCM (SW/AW) Brannon F. Knox
Command Master Chief (September 2009 - September 2011)

Command Master Chief Brannon Knox is a native of Pawley’s Island, SC. He entered naval service in June 1986, reporting to Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California. Upon completion of recruit training he attended Radioman Class “A” School and was designated a Radioman.

Master Chief Knox’ sea duty assignments include: USS Gridley (CG-21); USS Comstock (LSD 45); USS Jarrett (FFG 33); USS John C Stennis (CVN 74); USS Essex (LHD 2); USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3); and USS Nimitz (CVN 68). His shore assignments have included: Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Detachment Hampton Roads, VA; Rating Assignment at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, DC; and the Senior Enlisted Leader at Navy Information Operations Command, San Diego.

In August 2007, he reported as Command Master Chief in USS Howard (DDG 83), deployed to the Arabian Gulf followed by an emergent dry docking and work ups for a surge. In June 2009, Command Master Chief Knox assumed his present duties onboard USS Essex (LHD 2).

He is a graduate of the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 82 and Command Master Chief Capstone, Class 40. Command Master Chief Knox personal awards include: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 gold stars) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 gold stars).


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
Ships transit in formation in the Gulf of Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2010.
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 (LHD 2) Crew Celebrates Centennial of Naval Aviation

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