CMDCM James M. Cain
Command Master Chief (May 2011 - October 2012)

Master Chief James M. Cain was born in Barstow, California. He grew up in Southern California and enlisted in the Navy in November 1982. He attended Guided Missile “A” School, Dam Neck, Virginia followed by Electronic Navigation “C” School in Bangor, Washington.

His duty assignments include USS OHIO (SSBN 726) Bangor, Washington; Deep Submergence Unit, San Diego, California; USS VON STEUBEN (SSBN 632) Charleston, South Carolina; Naval Special Warfare Unit EIGHT, Republic of Panama; Trident Training Facility, Bangor, Washington; USS NEVADA (SSBN 733) Bangor, Washington.

Master Chief Cain was assigned as Chief of the Boat, USS GEORGIA (SSBN 729), Bangor, Washington, from March 2000 until October 2003. He was selected to the Command Master Chief program and served as the Command Master Chief of Submarine Squadron SEVENTEEN, Bangor, Washington from November 2003 until June of 2006.

He attended the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) from August 2006 until May 2007 and then served as the Navy Liaison and Faculty Advisor at USASMA from May 2007 until February 2009. In March 2009 he reported for assignment as Command Master Chief, Base Command Group, Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

Command Master Chief Cain is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 95), the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 57), and the KEYSTONE Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University and a Dual Masters Degree from Webster University.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Joint Service Achievement Award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement award (two awards) and various unit and campaign awards. He was also the 2003 Naval Submarine League, “Frank A. Lister” award as the Submarine Force’s top Chief of the Boat.


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