Master Chief Petty Officer Eric F. Ralston was born in California and raised in Colorado. After graduating from Northglenn High School in June of 1995, he attended Navy basic training in Great Lakes.
Upon completing Hospital Corpsman “A” school in San Diego, and Field Medical Service School in Camp Johnson, North Carolina, he reported to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in March of 1996, and then transferred to Branch Medical Clinic Ingleside, TX, in March 1999.
From March 2001 to October 2002, Master Chief attended the Department of Defense Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) Repair School in Wichita Falls TX, graduating at the top of his class. He transferred to Naval Hospital Pensacola, FL where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In December of 2005 he transferred to the USS Frank Cable (AS-40).
In November of 2008, Master Chief Ralston returned to the DoD BMET School for instructor duty, and in May of 2010 became the Navy Program Director for the course.
In March 2011, Master Chief archived his NEC to expand his leadership opportunities and reported to the USS Ponce (LPD 15) as the Medical/Dental Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, until her conversion to AFSB(I) 15 in March of 2012. After which, he reported to Fleet Surgical Team FOUR as the Senior Enlisted Leader.
Master Chief Ralston reported to Naval Branch Health Clinic, Parris Island, SC as the Senior Enlisted Leader in May of 2014, and was accepted into the Command Senior Enlisted Leader program in February of 2017. In June 2017 he reported to Milwaukee MEPS as the Senior Enlisted Advisor, and in August of 2017 was selected for advancement to Master Chief Petty Officer (CMDCM). He reported to his current assignment as the HSC-26 Command Master Chief on 02 July 2018.
CMDCM Ralston’s academic achievements include an Associate’s Degree in Biomedical Equipment Repair, and an Instructor of Military and Technical Sciences Associates Degree. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
Master Chief Ralston reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO SIX as the Command Master Chief in May of 2018.
Master Chief’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), Master Training Specialist, and various unit, and campaign and service awards.