|CMDCM (SW/AW) Michael J. Magnetta
Command Master Chief (May 2011 - April 2013)
Master Chief Magnetta hails from Elmhurst, IL and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December, 1986. After completing Boot Camp at RTC Great Lakes, he attended Operations Specialist “A” School in Dam Neck, VA.
His first duty at sea was the USS LONG BEACH (CGN 9), homeported in San Diego, CA. During his tour, the mighty warship deployed 4 times, including armed conflict in Operation Praying Mantis and Operation Desert Storm. He was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare pin.
His next set of orders were to Navy Recruiting District Chicago, where he successfully completed a tour of recruiting duty at NRS Waukegan, IL. It was there that he was advanced to Petty Officer First Class.
Returning to sea duty in 1995, he took orders to the Pre-Commissioning Crew STETHEM (DDG 63) in Pascagoula, MS. Upon commissioning, the USS STETHEM was homeported in San Diego, CA, and conducted 2 deployments to the Arabian Gulf, enforcing United Nations Sanctions against Iraq. He transferred to TACTICAL AIR CONTROL SQUADRON ELEVEN in 1998 and conducted 1 deployment embarked aboard USS ESSEX (LHD 2), participating in Operation Desert Strike and multiple training missions ashore with the 15th MEU. In 1999, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.
Eager to put his new anchors to work, he stayed at sea, transferring to the USS DECATUR (DDG 73). During his second deployment, he was assigned as the Regional Air Defense Commander in support of Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom, supporting hundreds of bombing missions in the opening phases of Afghanistan combat operations. He was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2001.
Returning to shore duty in 2002, he decided to help mold the future of the Navy and returned to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes as a Recruit Division Commander. He trained 4 recruit divisions, and served as the Leading Chief of the USS TRITON.
Back to sea in 2006 aboard the USS HIGGINS (DDG 76), where he was assigned as the Operations Department Leading Chief. HIGGINS conducted two deployments during his time aboard to both the 5th and 7th Fleet AORs. He was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer in 2007.
Eager to continue developing new Sailors, Master Chief Magnetta returned to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes in 2009, where he trained 1 recruit division and served as the Student Control Department Leading Chief.
Selected for the Command Master Chief program, he assumed duties as the USS McCAMPBELL (DDG 85) CMC in May, 2011.