|CMDCM (SW/AW) Stephen J. Bronder
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Stephen J. Bronder is a native of Long Beach, California, and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1995. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy attending basic training in Great Lakes in May 1996 and served as a Fire Controlman prior to his selection as a Command Master Chief.
Master Chief Bronder’s initial sea tour was onboard USS FIFE (DD 991) from 1998 to 2000, and followed up with another sea tour onboard USS ELLIOT (DD 967) until 2003. His first shore duty was at NRD San Francisco, where he was a production recruiter in Santa Cruz, California. In August 2005, he returned to sea duty onboard the USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) where he served as Departmental Leading Chief Petty Officer. During this tour, he was on the forefront of the BMD mission and completed numerous multi-national exercises and real world employment of the AEGIS Long Range Search & Track mission.
In October 2008, he transferred to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, where he trained 4 divisions culminating in the transformation of 352 civilians into highly motivated and dedicated Sailors ready for duty in the fleet.
In January 2012, he reported to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) where he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and then selected to the Command Master Chief program. In 2013, he reported to the USS TORTUGA (LSD 46) for assignment as Command Master Chief, which subsequently hull swapped with the USS ASHLAND (LSD 48).
Master Chief Bronder has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, as well as other personal, unit and service decorations.