Command Master Chief (April 1, 2016 - Present)
CMDCM(AW/SW) Christopher D. Cline
Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief Christopher Cline is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Van Horn High School in 1992 and immediately entered the U.S. Navy.

CMDCM Cline reported for Basic Training at RTC Great Lakes on December 7th, 1992 with follow-on orders to Airman Apprenticeship training. His initial duty assignment was with VAQ-131, in Whidbey Island, Washington. While there he was attached to USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) as an Aviation Storekeeper. He advanced to Petty Officer Third Class and earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification during this tour. In 1997, he changed ratings to Air Traffic Controller and was assigned to NAS Whiting Field, Milton Florida as a Facility Watch Supervisor. Following his tour in Florida he transferred to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). While onboard Carl Vinson, he qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During the fall of 2002 he received orders to Navy Career Counselor School, with follow-on orders to VAW-115 in Atsugi, Japan where he served in USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) as a Navy Counselor.

In 2004, he reported to USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8), San Diego, California and was selected as a Chief Petty Officer. After completing a successful tour, he transferred to Navy Recruiting District St. Louis and was assigned as a Zone Supervisor for the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area. He then volunteered for a Global Support Assignment to Naval Forward Headquarters Afghanistan. His next duty station was in Sasebo, Japan onboard USS ESSEX (LHD-2). During this tour the crew completed a hull swap with the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6), with then Senior Chief Cline serving as Deck Department LCPO. While there he was selected for the Command Senior Chief program with follow-on orders to Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Crew 201.

CMDCM Cline's academic achievements include an Associate and Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 157 Gold) in 2011 and 116th Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course.

He is currently serving as the Command Master Chief of Amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD-42).

CMDCM Cline’s awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards) and Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards).

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