USS John Paul Jones
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CMDCM (SW/AW) Marilyn Kennard
CMDCM (SW/AW) Marilyn Kennard
Command Master Chief (September 2010 - October 2013)

Master Chief Kennard is a native of Bessemer, Alabama. She graduated from Jess Lanier High School in 1988 and reported to Recruit Training Command in Orlando, Florida in January 1989, then graduated from MS “A” school in San Diego, California.

Master Chief Kennard served her first initial assignment as a Mess Management Specialist at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in May 1989. Her other assignments included USS MOUNT HOOD (AE 29) in Concord, California; Naval Air Station Alameda, Alameda, California; USS McKEE (AS 41) San Diego, California; and USS BOXER (LHD 4) in San Diego, California. In October 2002 she reported to Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee as a MS/CS Detailer, eventually becoming the Lead Detailer managing over 4,500 Sailors within her community. In 2007 she reported to MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) Pre-commissioning Detachment in San Diego, California and later transferred Pre-commissioning Unit in Pascagoula, Mississippi until 2009 where she served as the Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. In October 2009 she commissioned USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) and was later selected for the Command Master Chief Program.

Master Chief Kennard is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Park University and Master’s of Science Degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.

Her military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy “E” Ribbon (three awards), Good Conduct Medal (five awards), National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary and Service Medals, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medals, Armed Forces Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (three awards), and Kuwait Liberation Medal.



Ensign Darius Mercer, right, and Sailors, transfer six rescued Filipino mariners to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Baranof.
Sailors on board USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) witnessed the arrival of first part of the Multi-Mission Signal Processor (MMSP)

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CDR Jon C. Duffy
CDR Andrew J. Thomson
CDR Matthew H. Hall
CDR Andrew J. Thomson
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