CMDCM Chad L. Lunsford
CMDCM(SW/AW/FMF) Chad Lunsford
Command Master Chief (January 2012 - March 2015)

Command Master Chief (SW/AW/FMF) Chad Lunsford enlisted in the Navy in April 1992. After completing basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, he attended Fire Controlman (FC) A and C schools.


The Bloomington, Calif. native reported to his first command, USS Rushmore (LSD 47), in February 1994. During his tour there, he completed two deployments to the Western Pacific.

In 1999, he transferred to Fleet Training Center, San Diego and earned his Master Training Specialist (MTS) certification while teaching all CIWS courses of instruction.

Command Master Chief Lunsford was promoted to chief petty officer in 2001 and reported to Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Preble (DDG 88), serving as Guns Division Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) and force protection officer. He completed the ship’s maiden deployment to the Arabian Gulf, and in 2004 was advanced to senior chief petty officer.

In 2005, he reported to Naval Medical Center, San Diego, serving as a certified as a Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor and branch clinic senior enlisted leader (SEL). One year later, he was selected as SEL of the Directorate of Mental Health.

He graduated from the Senior Enlisted Academy in 2008 and reported to PCU Dewey (DDG 105). There he served as Weapons Department LCPO, acting command master chief and the ATFP lead for the ship’s security program, certification process and commissioning ceremony. He was promoted to master chief petty officer in 2009.

After completing the Command Master Chief Course in 2010, he reported as command master chief of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 “Mighty Shrikes” and made two, six-month Unit Deployed Program (UDP) deployments to Iwakuni, Japan, as part of Marine Amphibious Group 12.

Command Master Chief Lunsford served as the command master chief of USS America (LHA 6). He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from National University and a master’s degree in business administration from Trident University International. His personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) and various unit, campaign and service awards.



PCU America (lha6)
Checking in
Navy Accepts Delivery of the Future USS America
America's Crash Fire Rescue Team
Moving mattresses
Connecting America
America 'Sails Away' for Maiden Transit to San Diego Homeport
America Prepares to Visit Colombia on Maiden Transit
Capt. Robert A. Hall Jr., commanding officer of USS America, describes the features of the hangar bay during a tour aboard Ameri
Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds, commander of  ESG 3, speaks with Margaret Diop, Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy, Trinidad and Tobago
USS America Departs Brazil, Continues On Maiden Transit
Uruguay army Gen. Neris Corbo, right, presents a gift to Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group ESG3
Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Tiago Campos, from Brazil, assigned to USS America, answers questions during a media interview
SECNAV Visits Future USS America
America Departs Chile, Continues to Peru
America Visits Peru for final stop of Maiden Transit
America Departs Peru, Sets Sail for Homeport
USS America Makes Final Port Visit in Peru
Future USS America Arrives in San Diego
America Arrives to Homeport After Maiden Transit
America Arrives in San Francisco for Fleet Week and Commissioning
Fleet Week Kicks off in San Francisco
Navy to Commission Amphibious Assault Ship America
USS America Joins the Fleet
All-Hands Call Aboard America
SECDEF Visits America
Harriers Land Aboard America

 Served with...

CAPT Robert A. Hall Jr.
Captain Michael W. Baze
Executive Officer (May 7, 2015 - Present)
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