Master Chief Herbert Mack Ellis
Command Master Chief (September 2009 - July 2011)

Master Chief Herbert Mack Ellis, a native of Bronx, New York, graduated from Savannah High School in Savannah, Georgia, enlisted under the delayed entry program in January 1984. He enlisted as a Seaman Recruit, completing Recruit Training, Radioman “A” and “C” Schools in San Diego, California.

His sea duty assignments include USS CLAUDE V. RICKETTS (DDG 5); USS PUGET SOUND (AD 38); USS GUAM (LPH 9); Tactical Control Air Squadron 21 (TACRON 21); USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) where he served as C5I Leading Chief Petty Officer and Command Master Chief; he also served as Command Master Chief in USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) and a 42-month tour as Command Master Chief in USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70), which made history during his tenure in the Navy’s first-of-its-kind missile shot to destroy a malfunctioning spy satellite from space. Master Chief Ellis served ashore at Naval Communications Center Det Hampton Roads Virginia; Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Diego Garcia; NCTS Guam; As well as Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) where he served as the COMSUBPAC Staff Command Senior Chief, the first non-submariner and first Senior Chief appointed to fill the two-star Flag level Command Master Chief position on a permanent basis and Group Command Master Chief for Commander, Naval Surface, Group Middle Pacific.

Command Master Chief Ellis is a graduate from the U.S. Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 111, Brown) and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course in Newport, RI. He is also a graduate of the Keystone Joint Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course, National Defense University, Washington, DC.

Command Master Chief Ellis reported to Commander, Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific September 2009. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal(2), Navy Commendation Medal(2), Navy Achievement Medal(3), Good Conduct Medal(7), Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and numerous campaign and unit awards.


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