|FORCM(SW) Jason E. Wallis
Force Master Chief - U.S. Pacific Fleet
(January 2015 - March 2018)
Force Master Chief Jason E. Wallis is a native of Jacksonville, IL. He attended basic training in June 1988, and upon completion, he attended Gas Turbine “A” School in Great Lakes, IL.
His previous assignments have included, Gas Turbine Mechanic onboard USS SCOTT (DDG 995), Norfolk, VA; Pre-Commissioning Detachment and Unit USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71), and Oil Lab LPO onboard USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71), Norfolk, VA; Gas Turbine Engineering Instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School Command (SWOS), Newport, RI; Main Propulsion Leading Chief Petty Officer onboard USS ELROD (FFG 55), Norfolk, VA; Engineering Department Leading Chief Petty Officer onboard USS VELLA GULF (CG 72), Norfolk, VA; Engineering Instructor, Surface Warfare Officers School Command (SWOS), Newport, RI; Engineering Department Leading Chief Petty Officer onboard USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70), Pearl Harbor, HI.
Previous Command Master Chief tours include: Command Master Chief onboard USS DENVER (LPD 9), Sasebo, Japan; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the Command Master Chief of the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion (NEGB); Command Master Chief of NAVCENT FWD AFGHANISTAN HQ, Kandahar, Afghanistan; and 17th Director of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and the Command Master Chief of the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
Master Chief Wallis assumed the duties as Force Master Chief January 2015.
Master Chief Wallis is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Resident Class 146), the CMC/COB course (Class 63), and the National Defense University Keystone Course.
Master Chief Wallis’ personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (six awards) and various service and campaign awards.
Sailors of the Year
Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) and Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (SURFLANT) announced the 2014 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY).
SURFPAC Welcomes 2014 SOY Finalists
The eight Sailor of the Year (SOY) finalists for the 2014 Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet SOY attend a breakfast with sponsors at the San Diego Zoo.
COMNAVSURFPAC Staff Celebrates Black History Month
CORONADO, Calif. - Military and civilian personnel on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC) gathered together to observe Black History Month with a special ceremony and luncheon.
JMSDF Band Receives Prestigious Howard Citation
YOKOHAMA, Japan - Rear Adm. John Alexander (left), Commander, Task Force 70, presents the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Colonel George S. Howard Citation to Lt. Cmdr. Yoshio Higuchi, conductor of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band, Yokosuka, during a concert at Minato Mirai Concert Hall.
COMNAVSURFPAC Staff Celebrates Women’s History Month
CORONADO, Calif. - Military and civilian personnel on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC) joined in paying tribute to the generations of women and their invaluable commitment to the military in a Women’s History Month celebration.
New procedures that will aid surface warfare officers and helicopter pilots while increasing safety during flight operations on destroyers have been successfully tested and recently rolled out to the fleet.
A Different Type of Naval Knee-knocker
Fire Controlman Chief James Cramer shows us that morning colors isn't the only type of music in his life. (Video Story By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Bell)
"Leaders are not born, they are forged, they are created," said Command Master Chief Joe Grgetich, the senior mentor for The Foundry 003 class and keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony. "During the past week these Sailors received leadership insight from both civilian and military leaders."
CARAT 2015 Exercise Series Begins in the Philippines
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (NNS) -- Members of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps along with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts kicked off the 2015 Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series during an opening ceremony in Puerto Princesa, Philippines.
Reducing the Burden
The Navy's top surface warfare officer says his staff is continuing to reduce unnecessary administrative functions for ships on the waterfront in order to improve warfighting readiness.
Zone Inspection Emphasis
Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Forces, is reminding commanders and commanding officers of the importance he places on the zone inspection program and how the program contributes to overall warfighting readiness.
The Battle “E” is awarded annually to ships and crews that present the maximum condition of readiness in their group, and their capability to perform assigned wartime tasks.
Seattle Seafair Fleet Week Concludes
SEATTLE, Wash. (NNS) -- The 66th annual Seattle Seafair (SSF) concluded when U.S. Navy ships USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS Gridley (DDG 101) and USS Dewey (DDG 105) departed from the Port of Seattle.
National POW/MIA Day 2015
This year the Department of Defense recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Fittingly, the guided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), both named in honor of POWs who served with exemplary courage and honor during their captivity in North Vietnam, hosted a POW/MIA Day ceremony at Naval Base San Diego today.
Fast Paced and In Depth
The purpose of the annual training is to provide reserve officers with a diverse and detailed overview of the future of surface warfare through hands-on experiences, unique site visits, and informative presentations.
Surface Line Week 2015 Wrap Up
SLW is an annual competitive event that allows San Diego military commands and service members the opportunity to showcase their athletic and professional talents in a variety of tournament-style competitions.
Go Navy, Beat Army
Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker and Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, pack car for road trip.
2015 Holiday Message
Vice Admiral Thomas Rowden, Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, 2015 holiday message.
CNSP Announces 2015 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year
Each year, the best and brightest Sailors from commands throughout Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) come to San Diego to participate in a week-long team and morale building event and compete for the titles of SURFPAC Sea and Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY). This year’s winners were announced during a banquet at the Admiral Kidd Catering and Conference Center in San Diego, Feb. 12.
San Diego Homeport for Two New DDG Class Ships
SAN DIEGO - The Navy announced today the future guided-missile destroyers USS John Finn (DDG 113) and USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) are scheduled to be homeported at Naval Base San Diego following their respective commissionings.
SECDEF Visits Naval Base San Diego
After touring Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) and guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), and meeting with Navy senior leadership, Carter addressed a crowd of more than 150 Sailors and local and national media about how the Department of Defense is investing in long-term naval power.
27 Nations to Participate in World's Largest Maritime Exercise
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Twenty-seven nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled, June 30 - Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and southern California.
26 Nations to Participate in World's Largest Maritime Exercise
SAN DIEGO - Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
International Ships Sail to Hawaii for Rim of the Pacific 2016
SAN DIEGO - Four multinational groups have set sail toward Hawaii in support of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise commencing on June 30. Participating in Group Sail, 10 ships departed from San Diego, while 12 ships met in the Western Pacific Ocean.
USS Arleigh Burke to Commemorate 25th Anniversary
NORFOLK – The guided-missile destroyer that leads a whole class of extremely capable, technologically advanced warships, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) will celebrate her silver anniversary July 4, with a weekend of events in downtown Norfolk where she was commissioned in 1991.
Second RIMPAC Sinking Exercise Concludes
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Live fire from ships and aircraft participating in Rim of the Pacific 2016 sank the decommissioned USS Crommelin (FFG 37) July 19 in waters 15,000 feet deep and 55 nautical miles north of Kauai, Hawaii.
A Return to Sea Control
The leaders of all of our warfighting communities joined together to discuss how we can enhance our unity of effort, actions and mindset in the pursuit of sea control. As a collective maritime force, we must find ways to integrate across all domains in order to increase the combat effectiveness in establishing sea control, better articulate the value of our Navy as a deterrent force as other great power competitors emerge, and through our combined efforts, maintain a persistent forward presence posture to ensure regional stability.
Surface Warrior Recognized As Community Leader
BOSTON – Chief Fire Controlman Robert B. Strupczewski was presented the award of 2016 George Sirian Service Award on board USS Constitution, August 26th in recognition of his exemplary performance.
SURFPAC Hosts Women's Symposium
Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Forces, delivered the opening remarks for the symposium. He encouraged Sailors to work together to change the surface navy for the better and to eliminate issues going forward. A philosophy that is supported by the theme for this year’s symposium, “Leading With Purpose: Impacting Our Future”.
USS Shiloh Hosts Tiger Day Cruise
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 22, 2016) – Students from Yokosuka Middle School and other Japanese and American civilian guests spent a day at sea while aboard the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) Nov. 22.
Sea Control First
Our Navy must control the sea to project power anywhere around the globe. Yet despite the primacy of sea control to all other naval operations and to our nation’s security, we struggle at times to define “this wonderful and mysterious power,” not only to the public but also to ourselves. It is important to get the terms right, as it is only then that we can shape the path to our return to sea control.
SURFPAC Welcomes 2016 SOY Finalists
Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) welcomed eight Sailors and their spouses for the annual Sea and Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY) Week in San Diego, Jan. 22-27.
CNSP Announces Sea Shore Sailors of the Year
SAN DIEGO -- Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) announced the 2016 SURFPAC Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a banquet at the Admiral Kidd Catering and Conference Center in San Diego, Jan. 27.
Naval Forces visits Hawaii
Commander, Naval Surface Forces arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the Pacific Fleet Commander’s Conference.
USS Mason Awarded Battenberg Cup
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command announced that the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) was awarded the 2016 Battenberg Cup, May 23.
San Diego Sailors Preview Season 4 Premiere of "The Last Ship"
SAN DIEGO – Sailors attended an exclusive premiere of the Turner Network Television (TNT) series “The Last Ship” alongside the show’s writers, producers and actors at Naval Base San Diego July 23, nearly one month before the scheduled air date of Aug. 20.
VADM Rowden Visits Yokosuka
170920-N-ZL062-011 YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 20, 2017) Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, Commander Naval Surface Forces, receives a tour from the crew of the forward-deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) before an all hands call on the pier. Rowden is visiting Fleet Activities Yokosuka, where most of the forward-deployed 7th Fleet ships are stationed, to better understand forward-deployed readiness challenges and to discuss the role of the new Naval Surface Group Western Pacific organization. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sarah Myers/Released)
Surface Forces Assessing if Ships are Ready for Sea
SAN DIEGO -- Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) ordered Ready For Sea Assessments (RFSA) for all surface warships. Surface combatants forward deployed to Japan are being assessed first through a review of critical mission areas.
Sea Services Arrive for Fleet Week San Diego
San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WHEC 726) arrived in downtown San Diego, Oct. 11, to begin Fleet Week San Diego.
Warfighting Serial #13
Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden released Warfighting Serial #13, titled Confidence and Competence on September 15, which calls on unit commanders to take increased measures to ensure the safety and readiness of our forces.
Engineering Course Prepares Leaders for the Fleet
Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, stopped by the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) Engineering Schoolhouse to speak to the chief petty officers (CPOs) enrolled in the Senior Enlisted Propulsion Engineering Course (SEPEC).
CNSP Selects HQ Sailor of the Year for 2017
Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP) announced the 2017 Sailor of the Year (SOY) and Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY) for the CNSP staff during a Tree Lighting ceremony Nov. 29.
Armor Up - Surface Warfare Officer School
A roaring wall of flames rolls over Sailors' heads as the hose team - made up of Sailors who just checked into their first ship - inches its way through a smoke-filled room.
Enhancing Safety and Warfighting
SAN DIEGO (NNS) – Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) issued a new policy aimed toward ensuring Sailors assigned to warships and afloat staffs are getting the necessary rest to operate safely, and ultimately increase their warfighting capabilities.
New Course Builds Bridge Proficiency In Junior Officers
NEWPORT, R.I. – Twelve ensigns completed the pilot Junior Officer of the Deck (JOOD) Course at Surface Warfare Officer Schools (SWOS) Command, Dec. 15. The course will be refined and informed by feedback from the students and fleet in the months ahead.
Surface Forces Are Refocused
From U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine January 2018. -- Over the summer, two tragedies took the lives of 17 sailors on board the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). These accidents were preceded by the grounding of the USS Antietam (CG-54) and the collision of the USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) with a South Korean fishing boat.
Statement from Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces
Today, I have informed the chief of naval operations that this Thursday I will step aside earlier than previously planned as the commander, Naval Surface Forces, and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. This was a difficult decision to make, but I make it with the best interest of the Surface Warfare community and the Navy in mind.
In December, the Senate confirmed Rear Adm. Richard Brown to be the next commander of Naval Surface Forces and Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. The Surface Warfare community will be in good hands as Rich is a superb and talented naval officer.
In this job, I've spent three and a half years traveling around the world spending time with our Surface Force and the men and women who bring life, energy and purpose to our ships. I've loved this job and the people I've worked with. It has been the highest honor to serve our Nation and the Navy for more than 40 years.
Brown Assumes Command of Naval Surface Forces
San Diego (Jan. 18, 2018) -- Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown relieves Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet today. The turnover was conducted at the SURFOR headquarters on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. With the mission of warfighting and winning at sea, SURFOR provides Fleet Commanders with lethal, ready, well-trained, and logistically-supported Surface Forces to assure, deter and win at sea.
US Naval Academy Holds Ship Selection for Class of 2018
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- Two hundred, fifty-six future surface warfare officers selected the ships they will serve on after graduation during the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) midshipmen Ship Selection Night Jan. 25 in Alumni Hall.
Surface Force Commander Engages Leadership Aboard USS The Sullivans
Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), held a commander’s call March 9 aboard guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport to engage with the ship’s leadership.
Surface Force Commander Talks with Waterfront Leadership
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 9, 2018) Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), speaks with commanding officers during a commanders call at Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2 onboard Naval Station Mayport. Brown initiated the face-to- face dialogue with the leaders to discuss the future of the surface warfare community, the importance of command, and his command philosophy on how the force remains the best, the fastest, the toughest and the smartest Naval Surface Force in the world. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Lopez/Released)
Readying the Fleet to Own the Fight
From Navy Live (http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/03/23/readying-the-fleet-to-own-the-fight/).
Our Navy’s enduring mission is to protect and defend America and its national interests worldwide. As the largest contingent of the Nation’s maritime warfighting force, it is critical our surface ships continue to “own the fight” by being the best, the fastest, the toughest and the smartest warships operating around the globe.
Vice Adm. Brown Gets Underway on LCS; impressed with capabilities, Sailors
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 16, 2018) Cmdr. Karl McCarthy, commanding officer of USS Coronado (LCS 4) (left), and Vice Adm. Rich Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (center), watch as Lt. Anthony Grayson performs the shipping officer watch duties on the bridge of the Independence-class littoral combat ship Coronado. Coronado is one of eight LCS homeported in San Diego.