USS McCampbell
"Relentless in Battle"
CMDCM (SW/AW) Michael J. Magnetta
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.



McCampbell Sailors conduct small boat training
USS McCampbell Conducts Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise
A port operations tug boat at Fleet Activities Yokosuka assists USS McCampbell (DDG 85) get underway.
Members of the USS McCampbell (DDG 85) VBSS team conduct a post mission brief
USS McCampbell (DDG 85) departs Changi Naval Base following a five-day port visit in Singapore
Engineman 1st Class William Embry gives a speech aboard USS McCampbell (DDG 85)
USS McCampbell
USS McCampbell leads the way during Pacific Eagle, a bilateral exercise with Russian Federation Navy vessels.
USS McCampbell (ddg85)
Sailors assigned to USS McCampbell (DDG 85) tour the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Ship Yamagiri.
Sailors assigned to USS McCampbell (DDG 85) heave line during a replenishment at sea.
Sailors assigned to  USS McCampbell prepare to receive mission essential goods during a replenishment at sea.
Wayne Heyart, a former Radioman 1st class and World War II veteran, speaks about his experiences in the Navy.
Chief Personnel Specialist salutes Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force Hatakaze-class destroyer as it maneuvers into formation
USS McCampbell  Rescues Stranded Fishermen
USS MCCAMPBELL Visits The Republic of the Philippines
USS McCampbell (DDG 85)

 Served with...

LCDR Jason Orender
CMDCM (SW/AW) Michael J. Magnetta
CDR Sharif H. Calfee
CDR Thomas "TJ" Dixon
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