Command Master Chief (November 24, 2015 - Present)
CMDCM(SW/AW)Thane A. Douglass
Command Master Chief

Currently serving as Command Master Chief aboard USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52), Master Chief Douglass graduated high school in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Navy in May 1994 and attended Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida.

After boot camp, Douglass remained in Orlando to attend Nuclear Field Machinist Mate "A" School and Naval Nuclear Power Training School. Upon graduation he transferred to Nuclear Prototype Training Unit Balston Spa, New York where he successfully finished the nuclear training pipeline. In February 1996, he reported to USS DWIGHT EISENHOWER (CVN 69) where he completed two deployments and three shipyard maintenance availabilities, including a refueling complex overhaul. Throughout his time on board he held a number of positions in reactor mechanical division, qualified all in-rate watch stations through propulsion plant watch supervisor, and earned the surface and aviation enlisted warfare specialist designators. His first sea tour culminated with his selection to Chief Petty Officer in 2003.

Following an eight month assignment to the submarine repair shop at Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center in Norfolk, Virginia, Douglass reported to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in October of 2004. During his five years on board he was a part of the ship's historic homeport shift to Yokosuka, Japan as GEORGE WASHINGTON became the first nuclear-powered ship permanently stationed in Japan. In 2008 he was selected for advancement to Senior Chief Petty Officer.

In October 2009, Master Chief Douglass was assigned to Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific (CNAP) as the reactor mechanical representative of the nuclear propulsion mobile training team. During his time at CNAP, he inspected and trained reactor departments on six aircraft carriers across the Pacific Fleet and participated in OPERATION TOMODACHI. In 2011 he was selected for advancement to Master Chief Petty Officer and was subsequently approved by Naval Reactors for assignment as a CVN reactor department master chief.

Douglass reported aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in February 2013 as the reactor department master chief. During his tour the ship completed a ten-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE and, largely due to the success of his crew and Chief's Mess, he was selected to be a Command Master Chief.

Douglass' awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Award (three awards), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy "E" (two awards), and Good Conduct (6 awards).


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