|CMDCM(AW/SW) David P. Martinez
Command Master Chief
Command Master Chief Martinez is a native of Bellflower, California. After graduating from Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, California, he joined the Navy in July 1991. After completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, he attended AG “A” school at Chanute AFB, Illinois.
His first assignment was the USS Independence (CV-62) from 1992 to 1994, where he was a Weather Observer for the ship’s Oceanographer during many exercises, missions and campaigns including Operations Southern Watch. While there, he took weather observations, launched weather balloons, entered atmospheric conditions into the ship’s computers to determine radar propagation abilities, and served as a member of the Rescue & Assistance inport Fire Party. He completed two Western Pacific deployments and visited six different countries during his tour.
From 1994 to 1995, he was transferred to the Mobile Environmental Team in San Diego, California. There, he embarked on various home-ported ships in order to provide weather services and support to Commanding Officers afloat. Two of these ships included the USS Chancellorsville and the USS Coronado where he worked for the Third Fleet Commander.
In 1995, he attended AG “C” school at Keesler AFB, Mississippi where he learned how to predict the weather in addition to atmospheric and underwater conditions for the various warfighters in the Navy. He graduated in April 1996.
From 1996 to 1998, he volunteered for his third straight sea duty tour aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) where he provided weather information to the Admiral’s Staff and ship’s Oceanographer. While attached, he completed one Mediterranean Cruise and visited four European countries and three Asian countries while earning the Enlisted Aviation Warfare pin and his Navy Achievement Medal.
Following completion of his ‘Rough Rider’ tour, he reported to the Naval Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) Center in Norfolk, Virginia in 1998 where he provided aviation weather to various pilots and enroute weather to numerous Fleet assets. During his time, he took enough college courses to receive his Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Saint Leo University. From there, he transferred to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in 2001 where he made Chief Petty Officer after four months onboard. For the next three years, he supervised 20 personnel during the ship’s overhaul period and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist pin.
In 2004, he volunteered for his second consecutive sea tour onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). There, he supervised 20 METOC personnel as the OA Division Leading Chief Petty Officer and hundreds of Sailors as the command Indoctrination Leading Chief Petty Officer. Further, he served as the Chief Petty Officer Association President and completed two more Western Pacific cruises including the provision of humanitarian assistance to the people of Sumatra following the infamous Asian Tsunami in 2004.
After completing his fourth aircraft carrier assignment, he reported to the Naval Maritime Forecast Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 2007. As Operations Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, he qualified and supervised over 100 personnel providing enroute weather and tropical cyclone evasion information to Navy, Military Sealift Command and Coast Guard assets in the Third, Fifth and Seventh Fleets. In addition to his LCPO duties, he led and managed the Chief Petty Officer Inductions seasons for all of Navy Region Hawaii during both 2008 and 2009.
Following, he reported to the USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57) in March 2010 where he served as the Maintenance & Material Management (3M) Coordinator and acting Command Senior Chief during a critical billet gap. While attached, he embarked on two more Western Pacific deployments and helped lead the crew through various inspections and certifications. Within one year onboard, he was selected for the Command Senior Chief program and was hand-picked for orders to the USS PATRIOT (MCM 7) where he reported aboard June 2012 and where he currently serves today.
His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and various unit and campaign awards.