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Master Chief Hopper enlisted into the Navy in July of 1996 and completed Basic Training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois.  Following graduation he reported to Aviation Electronics Technician “A” school at Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola, Florida.  In 1998, he attended P-3 In-Flight Technician (IFT) training at Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30) aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, where he earned his Naval Aircrewman designation.

His first operational assignment was with the “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8), home ported in Brunswick, Maine.  During this tour, he served as an IFT and Collateral Duty Inspector.  In 2003, he earned his Master Training Specialist qualification while assigned to VP-30 Pro’s Nest as an IFT Instructor and Fleet Naval Aviation Training Operations Standardization (NATOPS) Evaluator.  He then reported to the “Mad Foxes” of Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5) in 2004 where he served as a Quality Assurance Representative, Safe for Flight Controller, and NATOPS Instructor.  In 2008, he was selected to Chief Petty Officer.  He returned to VP-30 for a second IFT Instructor tour in 2009 and volunteered as an Individual Augmentee to Iraq conducting civil affairs operations with the 422nd Battalion, the “Centurions”.  In 2011, he reported to the “Skinny Dragons” of Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as the Operation Departments Leading Chief Petty Officer.  In 2015, he transferred to Recruit Training Command where he served as a Recruit Division Commander, Ship’s ​​(barracks) Leading Chief Petty Officer and Fleet Leading Chief Petty Officer.

He was selected for Command Master Chief in 2017 and reported in April 2018 to his current assignment as the Command Master Chief of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN FOUR (HSM-74), the “Swamp Foxes”.

His personal awards include the Air Medal (Strike/Flight), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (eight awards), the Good Conduct Medal (seven awards), and the Volunteer Service Medal (two awards).