CMDCM (SW/AW) James W. Follmer
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Follmer, a native of Los Angeles, California, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1992. He completed basic and Apprenticeship Training at Recruit Training Command in San Diego, California. He reported to his first command, USS ENGLAND (CG 22) in San Diego, as a Fireman Apprentice in September 1992. Only onboard for one year before the ship decommissioned, he was advanced to Fireman and Petty Officer Third Class and accepted orders to Hull Maintenance Technician "A" School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Upon completion of his initial sea tour and "A" School, he reported to USS MERRILL (DD 976) in San Diego, California. During his tour, he made his first deployment to the Persian Gulf, and was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class. In August 1997, he reported to Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) San Diego. During his tour, he advanced to Petty Officer First Class. In January 2002, he reported onboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1) in San Diego. During his tour, he deployed to the Persian Gulf, and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 2004. In July 2005, he reported to Center for Naval Engineering, Learning Site San Diego as Lead Instructor of the Advanced Weld School. After completing his tour, in June 2008, he reported onboard USS JARRETT (FFG 33) as the 3MC. Onboard for three years; he completed three deployments supporting Counter Illicit Trafficking (CIT) Operations in Central and South America, and decommissioned the USS JARRETT. In May 2011, he transferred to Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) in San Diego as the I-Level Planning Leading Chief Petty Officer and was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. He was nominated and selected, under the CPO to Sea Program, to fill a gapped billet onboard USS FRANK CABLE (AS 40) forward deployed to the island of Guam in October 2013. While onboard, he was selected into the Command Senior Chief program and was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer.
In June 2015, he reported to his present assignment as Command Master Chief for MCM Crew BULWARK home ported in San Diego, California embarked in USS ARDENT (MCM 12).
Master Chief is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 165, Brown) and the Command Leadership Course in Newport Rhode Island. He has earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Qualification, Enlisted Air Warfare Qualification, and Master Training Specialist designation.
Master Chief Follmers’ decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), and the Good Conduct Medal (seventh award), and numerous unit and campaign awards.