Command Master Chief (February 2013 - January 2016)
CMDCM(SW/AW/IDW) Mark D. Tomlinson
Command Master Chief (February 2013 - January 2016)   

CMDCM(SW/AW/IDW) Mark D. Tomlinson is a native of McAlester, Okla., and enlisted in the delayed entry program in June 1986.  Completing basic training at Naval Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., in October 1986, he proceeded to Naval Damage Control Training Center, Philadelphia, Pa. to complete Hull Maintenance Technician “A” School and attended General Maintenance Welding “C” School in Portsmouth, Va.

In June 1987, he reported to his first tour of duty aboard USS Lawrence (DDG 4) homeported in Norfolk, Va., where he qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.  In June 1989, he reported to San Diego, Ca., for Nuclear Powerplant Components Welding School “C” School with follow-on orders to USS Orion (AS 18), homeported in LaMaddalena, Italy.  In April 1992, he reported to USS Canopus (AS 34) in King’s Bay, Ga., as Welding Shop Leading Petty Officer (LPO).  In April 1994, he reported to SUBASE/NAVIMF Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as Welding Shop LPO and Ship Superintendent.  While attached to SUBASE/NAVIMF Pearl Harbor, he was selected and advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

In July 1997, he reported to the USS Stout (DDG 55) in Portsmouth, Va., as the Ship’s 3M Maintenance Manager and qualified as Conning Officer.  After a successful sea tour, he was selected to serve as Electrical Chief aboard USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13). He reported in October 1998, qualified Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) and deployed in support of Counter-Drug Operations.  He screened for duty as a Navy Recruiter and reported in September 2000 to NRD Dallas, NRS McAlester and NRS Shawnee as Recruiter-in-Charge.  He was advanced to Senior Chief in 2002.

In February 2003, he reported to USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Agana, Guam as the Planning LCPO, Repair Admin Division Officer and Acting Repair Department Master Chief; qualifying once again as EOOW.  In July 2006, he graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 125 Green) and screened for Landing Craft Air Cushion Craftmaster (LCAC) duty; subsequently reporting to Assault Craft Unit-Five Western Pacific Alfa in Sasebo, Japan in April 2007 as Craftmaster/Detachment Officer-in-Charge/Senior Enlisted Advisor.

Master Chief Tomlinson was selected to the Command Senior Chief program in February, 2009, advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in April and then converted to Command Master Chief in June 2009.  In September 2009, he assumed the duties of Command Master Chief of the “Gauntlets” of VAQ-136 stationed in Atsugi, Japan; he also deployed aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as a member of Carrier Air Wing Five.  Additionally, he qualified Aviation Warfare and completed his fourth college degree; a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

In July 2011, he was selected as Staff Command Master Chief for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain. During his tour, he qualified Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist qualification.

In January 2013, Master Chief Tomlinson reported to USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) where he currently serves as the Command Master Chief.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 Awards), the Navy Good Conduct Medal (6 Awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (4 Awards) and various other unit and personal awards.



USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
Salisman Saber 2013 - FASTPAC medical evacuation training
Sailors monitor the pressure gauges in the engine room aboard the USS Blue Ridge
Vice Adm. Robert Thomas Jr
Blue Ridge Begins Patrol
7th Fleet, Royal Thai Navy Leaders Discuss Operations and Common Concerns Onboard USS Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Strengthens Long-Standing Friendship with Thailand
Blue Ridge Visits Malaysia to Promote an Enduring Partnership
USS Blue Ridge to Strengthen Ties During Indonesia Visit
Blue Ridge Conducts CUES Training with JS Kunisaki
Blue Ridge Promotes Peace in Indo-Asia Pacific Region During Patrol
Blue Ridge Partners with PLA(N) North Sea Fleet in Search and Rescue Exercise
Blue Ridge Now 2nd Oldest Behind Constitution
Blue Ridge Completes Exercise with ROK Navy, Improves Joint Operational Capabilities
Custom-Fit "Chem Gear" Protects Forward-Deployed Sailors
US 7th Fleet Promotes Maritime Security with 1,000 Professional, Military and Leadership Engagements in 2014
Blue Ridge Welcomes 27th Commanding Officer
Lunch Time Onboard Uss Blue Ridge
USS Blue Ridge Conducts Fast Cruise, Prepares for Patrols
Taking the Helm
Blue Ridge Resumes Patrols to Engage Pacific Allies
USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Hong Kong
Blue Ridge Departs Hong Kong, Solidifying Longstanding Friendship
USS Blue Ridge Rescues Fishermen in Philippine Sea
Blue Ridge returns to Japan, conducts port visit in Yokohama
7th Fleet Staff, Blue Ridge Stand Down for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
Blue Ridge Arrives in Zhanjiang to Promote Maritime Cooperation
US 7th Fleet, Chinese South Sea Fleet Leaders Conduct 'Staff Talks' in Zhanjiang
7th Fleet, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia Navy Leaders Meet to Enhance Multilateral Cooperation
Blue Ridge Returns to Sea after Enriching Relations in Singapore
Blue Ridge Departs For Patrol After Brief Maintenance Period
U.S., Australian Forces ‘On Board’ for Talisman Sabre
Blue Ridge Visits Allies In Sydney, Prepares For Joint Exercise
Talisman Sabre 2015 Concludes Aboard USS Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Engages with Aboriginal Nonprofit
USS Blue Ridge Paints Anchor Chain

 Served with...

CAPT William Pennington
CDR Brian Ribota
CAPT Richard C. McCormack
CDR Nathan Fugate
Commanding Officer (January 2015 - March 2016)
Executive Officer (December 10, 2015 - Present)
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