CMDCM(SW) Karol M. Kramer
Command Master Chief (March 2011 - March 2013)

Master Chief Karol Kramer, a native of Walker, Iowa, joined the United States Navy on March 21, 1983. She completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Florida.

Master Chief Kramer’s duty assignments include: Port Operations Submarine Base Bangor, Washington; USS NORTON SOUND (AVM 1), Port Hueneme, CA; Service Craft Department Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; USS PYRO (AE 24), Concord, CA; Damage Controlman “A” School Instructor Naval Technical Training Center, Treasure Island, California; USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG 54), the ship made a homeport shift change from San Diego to Yokosuka, Japan; Recruit Division Commander, Great Lakes, Illinois; USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) participating in the initial sea swap with USS BENFOLD (DDG 65), San Diego, CA and Engineering Department Afloat Training Group Pacific, San Diego, CA. In September 2006, Master Chief was assigned as Command Master Chief, USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53). She completed eight major deployments in support of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Unified Assistance. She transferred to her current assignment as Command Master Chief, Beachmaster Unit One July 2009.

She is a graduate of the United States Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 107 (Khaki), and CMC/COB course Class 30 in Newport, Rhode Island.

Master Chief Kramer is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle Efficiency (five awards), Good Conduct Medal (seven awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (two awards), National Defense Medal(two awards), Southwest Asia Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (eight awards), and Kuwait Liberation Medal.



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