|CMDCM(AW/SW) Samuel R. Olmstead
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Olmstead is a 1989 graduate of Bisbee High School in Bisbee, Arizona. He entered the Navy in July of 1990 attending Recruit Training and Airman Apprentice Training in Orlando, Florida.
Master Chief Olmstead began his career as an undesignated Airman Apprentice and Aviation Boatswains Mate Launch and Recovery Equipment Technician, ultimately converting to the Cryptologic Technician Technical rate in 1998.
His first sea duty assignment was aboard the USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62). Follow on permanent duty and direct support sea tours include the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63), USS BLUERIDGE (LCC 19), USS UNDERWOOD (FFG 36), USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), deploying seven times to the Arabian Gulf. Shore duty assignments include Training Squadron 28 and Navy Information Operations Command Whidbey Island, where he served as the Senior Enlisted Leader, Navy Information Operations Command Colorado fulfilling Senior Enlisted Leader duties for the Associate Directorate for Education and Training, and lastly completed a “boots on ground” tour supporting the 101st Air Assault Division in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Master Chief Olmstead is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy class 178 Green and the Command Leadership School. In addition, he holds an Associates of Arts Degree from the University of Phoenix. His current assignment is Command Master Chief of the USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan.
His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit and campaign awards. Lastly, he is the 2013 recipient of the On the Roof Gang Award for cryptologic excellence.