USS John Paul Jones
In Harms Way
Command Master Chief (October 4, 2013 - Present)
CMDCM (SW/AW) Richard Eugene Terrell II
Command Master Chief (October 2013 - May 2017)

CMDCM Terrell is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. He enlisted in the Navy in 1987, five days after graduating from Washington High School. After completing Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois, he was assigned to Aviation Ordnancemen “A” school in Millington, Tennessee. Upon completion and designation as an Aviation Ordnancemen, he reported to Patrol Squadron Five (1987-1991) Jacksonville, Florida. The day after arriving at Naval Air Station Jacksonville he deployed for 6 months to Sigonella, Sicily, supporting anti-submarine operations in the Mediterranean. While attached to VP-5 he made four deployments to Sigonella, Bermuda and Iceland.

During his first tour with the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) CMDCM Terrell qualified on the P-3a/b/c aircraft (8319) as Quality Assurance/ Safety Officer (QA/SO) and collateral Duty Inspector (CDI) for the Orion’s armament system. In addition to ordnance work, CMDCM Terrell worked in Corrosion Control as an aircraft painter.

In 1991 CMDCM Terrell was assigned to Force Warfare, Patuxent River, Maryland for test and evaluation of the P-3 Aircraft weapons system. CMDCM Terrell was part of the first ever installation fit teams for the AGM-65 Maverick Missile used in a deploying squadron.

In July of 1993 he reported to Patrol Squadron Twenty Six (VP-26), Brunswick, Maine. He was assigned as the work center 230 Ordnance Shop night check supervisor and Retail Ordnance Logistics Management system (ROLMS) accounting service matter expert. While attached to VP-26 he made two deployments to Sigonella, Sicily and one to Keflavik, Iceland.

In March 1998 CMDCM Terrell transferred to COMPARTRECONWING FIVE (CPRW-5) Brunswick, Maine, where he was assigned Weapons Department Staff Duty; upon completion he was assigned to Control Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) where he became the Leading Petty Officer of the Ordnance Shop. While attached he was advanced to First Class Petty Officer and qualified Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS). He then made two additional deployments to Sigonella, Sicily and Puerto Rico.

In November 2000 he transferred to the Center for information Dominance (Corry Station) Pensacola, Florida. While serving as the Command Master at Arms (CMAA) and Leading Petty Officer of holding company Alpha, he was selected as Sailor of the Year and advanced to Chief Petty Officer.

In December 2003 he was selected to go to Naval Magazine Guam; Santa Rita, Guam. During this tour he was hand selected for three IA deployments with NSWU-3 in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. Following that tour he reported to COMPATRECONWING FIVE (CPRW-5) in April 2007, and was assigned as the weapons Leading Chief Petty Officer in charge of four P-3C squadrons. While attached to CPRW-5 he advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer (2007) and attended the Senior Enlisted Academy, Newport, Rhode Island in March of 2008, where he graduated with honors.

In January 2010 he was ordered to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the weapons Leading Chief Petty Officer and G-3 Bomb assembly Leading Chief Petty Officer. During which time he completed a Southern Sea transit, Haiti disaster Senior Enlisted Leader, and WESTPAC 2011.

He then transferred to the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), San Diego, CA, as the WEPS DLCPO; additionally, he qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS). Having completed an additional three months deployment to FIFTH FLEET, and a fourteen month Docked Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) period in Bremerton, WA; he was selected for Command Master Chief Program in April 2013 and completed the CMC/COB Course in October 2013.

In October 2013, he reported to his current assignment on the USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG53) as the Command Master Chief.

His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Seven Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Eight Awards), Good Conduct Medal (Seven Awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Humanitarian Aid Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals.


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 Served with...

CDR Matthew H. Hall
CDR Andrew J. Thomson
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