Master Chief West became the 12th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy on December 12th, 2008.
Master Chief West was born in Rising Fawn, Georgia. He graduated from Northwest Georgia High School in 1981 and immediately entered the U.S. Navy.
Master Chief West received recruit training and Quartermaster training at Orlando, Florida followed by Enlisted Submarine School at Groton, Connecticut. His first duty assignment was onboard USS ETHAN ALLEN (SSN 608) where he completed Submarine Qualifications. Other assignments include USS THOMAS EDISON (SSN 610), USS SEA DEVIL (SSN 664), Commander Naval Activities United Kingdom (COMNAVACTUK), USS TECUMSEH (SSBN 628)(Blue), and COMSUBPAC Staff (TRE Team).
Master Chief West was then assigned as Chief of the Boat onboard the San Diego based Fast Attack Submarine, USS PORTSMOUTH (SSN 707), completing 2 Western Pacific deployments. The crew earned 2 Battle Efficiency “E” awards.
Upon completion of a CMC tour at COMSUBRON ELEVEN he was selected as Force Master Chief, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet from Jan 2001 to Jan 2004.
Command Master Chief West was then assigned to USS PREBLE (DDG-88) homeported in San Diego, where he deployed to the Arabian Gulf and qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.
Command Master Chief West was selected during his tour on the USS PREBLE to serve as Pacific Fleet, Fleet Master Chief from February 2005 to June 2007. Following PACFLT, he served as the 14th Fleet Master Chief for the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Master Chief West’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), Enlisted Surface Warfare Insignia, Enlisted Submarine Insignia, and SSBN Deterrent Patrol Pin.