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We generate, directly and through our leadership of the Information Warfare (IW) Enterprise, agile and technically superior manned, trained, equipped, and certified combat ready IW FORCES to ensure our Navy will decisively DETER, COMPETE, and WIN.
Leadership - Biographies






FORCM (IW/SW/AW/EXW/PJ) David B. Carter
Force Master Chief, Naval Information Forces


Born in Orange, California and raised in New England and Florida, Master Chief Carter graduated from Vero Beach High School in June 1986. As a high-school senior, he enlisted in the United States Navy and reported for recruit training in San Diego, California, following high school graduation. Master Chief Carter holds an Associate of Science in Electronics Technology from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from Excelsior College and is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 124 Blue), Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 38), Shore Station Senior Leadership Course (Class 1102), the Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course (Class 09-1), and the Navy Senior Leader Seminar.

Master Chief Carter completed Data Systems Technician Class ‘A’ and ‘C’ schools before reporting to USS Virginia (CGN 38) in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as the Data Display Work Center Supervisor. His subsequent sea and overseas duty assignments include: Patrol Wings Pacific Detachment Adak, Alaska as Maintenance Department LPO; Plankowner of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as a Division LPO/LCPO; SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO as the Tech Support Division Officer, MWR Officer and Command Fitness Leader; Naval Special Warfare Development Group as the Electronics Material Officer; and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as a Division LCPO. Deployments include service in the Arabian Gulf, Caribbean, Western Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Afghanistan.

Ashore, he served as the Maintenance LPO and an Installer/Trainer for the Streamlined Automated Logistics Transmission System (SALTS) Project at the Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP) Philadelphia. While assigned to the NAVICP, he deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina in support of Operation JOINT ENDEAVOUR and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Refugee Crisis.

His command master chief tours include Maritime Civil Affairs Squadron TWO in Yorktown, Virginia, Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, Naval Station Norfolk, USS George H. W. Bush (CVN77), and Navy Region Hawaii.

In October 2017, Master Chief Carter reported to his present assignment as the Force Master Chief for Naval Information Forces.

Along with multiple unit and campaign awards, Master Chief Carter’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He is qualified as an Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Expeditionary Warfare Specialist, and Small Craft Officer in Charge and is designated as a Naval Parachutist.


Rear Admiral William Chase
Chief of Staff, Naval Information Forces

Rear Admiral William Chase

A native of Washington, Missouri and a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, A native of Washington, Missouri and a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, RDML Bill Chase holds a master of science degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Information Technology and a Federal Chief Information Officer certificate. He was designated a naval aviator in 1993 and an Information Professional in 2005. 

His sea tours include Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL 45), where he deployed twice to the Arabian Gulf with USS Ingraham (FFG 61) and HSL 49, where he deployed as Officer in Charge of the HSL Detachment onboard USS Shiloh (CG 67) during Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.

Ashore, he served as Sikorsky SH-60B “Seahawk” Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor and Tactical Check Pilot, Operations Officer for Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Requirements, Innovation and Experimentation at Commander, U.S. Third Fleet and Deputy Director for Command, Control, and Cyber at U.S. Pacific Command.

His command tours include Task Force 1010, Naval Network Warfare Command, and Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Guam. He served as Information Warfare Commander with Carrier Strike Group THREE with John C. Stennis Strike Group.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Medal. He is the recipient of the Commander, Naval Air Forces Leadership Award.