CMDCM(AW/SW) Benjamin H. Bilyeu
United States Navy
Command Master Chief, Carrier Air Wing ONE
Command Master Chief Bilyeu is a native of Kansas City, MO and
enlisted into the United States Navy in 1996. He is a graduate from Recruit
Training Command and Airman Apprenticeship Training School located in Great
He then reported to the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in Bremerton, WA from
February 1997 to October 2002. While there, he executed the 1997-1998 Around
the World deployment in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, and advanced from
an undesignated Airman Recruit to an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Petty
Officer Second Class.
His follow-on tour was Navy Recruiting District Kansas City from
December 2002 to December 2005. In 2005, he advanced to First Class Petty
He then reported to the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in Norfolk, VA
from December 2005 to October 2011. In 2008, he was inducted into the CPO Mess
as a Chief. In 2010, he provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to
the country of Haiti in support of Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE, and executed the
2010-2011 combat deployment in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW
His follow-on tour was Naval Support Activity Washington D.C. from
October 2011 to April 2014. In 2012, he advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer.
While there, he served as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader at the Washington
Navy Yard. During which time, on 16 September 2013 he provided sound council to
his Commanding Officer throughout the Washington Navy Yard “Active Shooter”
attack, the largest attack in history on a Naval installation. In February
2014, he was selected into the Command Senior Chief program.
He then reported to the Bloodhounds of Air Test and Evaluation
Squadron THREE ZERO (VX-30) in Point Mugu, CA from June 2014 to October 2016.
In 2015, he advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer.
His follow-on tour was to the Fighting Blacklions of Strike
Fighter Squadron TWO ONE THREE (VFA-213) in Virginia Beach, VA from October
2016 to May 2018. While there aboard USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77), he executed
the 2017 combat deployment in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
He then reported to Carrier Air Wing ONE (CVW-1) in Virginia
Beach, VA in June 2018. While there aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), he has
executed both the 2018 Dynamic Force Employment (DFE) combat deployment in
support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, and the 2019-2020 deployment in support
of Operations FREEDOM’S SENTINEL and RESOLUTE SENTINEL.
He is a graduate from the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class
180), CMC/COB Course (Class 131), and Keystone Course (Class 19-2).
His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (one gold
star); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three gold stars); Navy and
Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two gold stars); Good Conduct Medal (one silver
star); National Defense Service Medal (one bronze star); Armed Forces
Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on
Terrorism Service Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the
Humanitarian Service Medal.