|CMDCM(SW/AW/EXW/IDW) Carl M. Thompson
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Thompson is a native of Custer, South Dakota and enlisted in the United States Navy June 1998. Following basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL he reported to Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Pensacola, FL and completed Aviation Electronics Technician “A” School followed by Calibration “C” school at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS. Upon graduation he reported to the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Point Mugu, CA from 1999 to 2001.
In 2001, he attended Advanced Calibration training at Keesler AFB, with follow-on orders to AIMD Sigonella, Sicily. There he advanced to First Class Petty Officer and became the Leading Petty Officer of the Calibration Lab.
He returned to Pensacola, FL in 2005 for Advanced Electronics (C1 School) with follow on orders to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), home ported in Everett, Washington where he completed two Western Pacific deployments in support of operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In 2008, he transferred to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Lemoore, California as an instructor. During this tour, he earned his Master Training Specialist (MTS) qualification and was selected to Chief Petty Officer in 2009.
Master Chief Thompson volunteered for an Individual Augmentee assignment to Djibouti Africa in 2012 where he served as the Command Security Manager for the Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and 14 East African Countries.
In 2013 he transferred to the Navy’s only Forward Deployed Aircraft Carrier, the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). He served as the Leading Chief Petty Officer of the Avionics Armament Division which provides support to Carrier Air Wing FIVE and the GEORGE WASHINGTON Strike Group. During this tour he was part of the hull swap with the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) and made three deployments. He was selected for the Command Senior Chief program in 2016 with follow on orders to the USS PIONEER (MCM 9) in Sasebo, Japan in May 2016 as the Command Senior Chief and was promoted to Command Master Chief in 2017.
Currently, he is serving as the Command Master Chief of Amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD-42), homeported in Sasebo Japan.
Master Chief Thompson graduated on the Dean’s List from the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 172 (Blue) in 2013 and CMC/COB Course Class 90 in 2016. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards), Army Achievement Medal and various other service and campaign awards and was the 2014 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award recipient for the Navy. He is qualified to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Expeditionary Warfare Specialist and Information Dominance Warfare pins and has earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embrey Riddle Aeronautical University.