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Master Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate Samuel B. Vasquez, USN

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Brigade Master Chief
United States Naval Academy

Master Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate Samuel B. Vasquez is a native of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Master Chief Vasquez started his naval career in October 1997 at RTC, Great Lakes, IL. He graduated from Aviation Machinist Mate Common Core A School in 1998 and attended Aviation Machinist Mate C School, Turboprop Aircraft prior to his first permanent duty assignment.

His sea duty tours include Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron TWO (VQ-2), Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4), Consolidated Maintenance Organization (CMO) TEN, and Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SEVEN (VAW-117).

Ashore, Master Chief Vasquez served at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes as a Recruit Division Commander and Fleet Quality Assurance Inspector.

He has completed four deployments and eight detachments to the Third Fleet, Fourth Fleet, Fifth Fleet, Sixth Fleet and Seventh Fleet AORs and embarked onboard USS Nimitz and USS Truman. He served in Operations DELIBERATE FORGE, JOINT GUARDIAN, and Operation ALLIED FORCE supporting peace keeping efforts in Bosnia, and Kosovo.  He also served in Operations NORTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE, OEF PHILIPPINES, Southeast Asia Tsunami Relief, and Syria Contingency.

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (eight awards) and various campaign and service medals.

Master Chief Vasquez holds an Associate’s Degree from Columbia College of Missouri. In July 2016 he reported to the United States Naval Academy as the Brigade Master Chief.



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