|CMDCM(SW/AW) Thomas "Dean" Howell
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Howell hails from Winnfield, LA and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 2001. After completing Boot Camp at RTC Great Lakes, he attended Personnelman ‘A’ School in Meridian, MS. His first duty assignment was with USS Essex (LHD 2) in Sasebo, Japan, where he served as the Personnel Leading Petty Officer and completed a nine-month deployment to the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His subsequent tours include Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN where he served as the ITEMPO and CSB/Redux program manager for the Navy and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer; Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO TWO, where he served as the Administrative Department LCPO; USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), where he served as the Executive Department LCPO, and Anti-Surface Warfare Coordinator; and Commander, Navy Region Hawaii where he served as the Regional Program Director for Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor, and Navy Region Hawaii Command Master Chief.
In June, 2018 he reported to USS McCampbell (DDG 85) where he currently serves as the Command Master Chief.
Master Chief Howell is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy Class 192 and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Class 186. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Park University.
Master Chief Howell’s personal decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards); Navy Good Conduct Medal (five awards); and various unit and campaign awards.