Command Master Chief Martin K. King was born in Endwell, NY, and graduated Maine-Endwell High School in 1982. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1986, and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great lakes, IL. Upon completion of recruit training, he attended Aviation Ordnanceman “A” school in Millington, TN. He reported in November of 1986 to Naval Air Station, Cubi Point, Philippines. He transferred in December 1989 to the VF-21 “Freelancers” at NAS Miramar, CA, and deployed onboard USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) and shifted homeport to Atsugi, Japan.
He transferred to NAS Misawa, Japan in July 1993. In August 1996 he transferred to USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) in Yokosuka, Japan. During this tour he was advanced to chief petty officer.
In July 1998, he cross-decked to USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63), and completed the homeport change to Yokosuka, Japan. He then transferred to the VMFAT-101 “Sharpshooters” at MCAS Miramar in September 1999 as the Maintenance Material Control Chief. During this tour he was advanced to senior chief.
In October, 2002, he transferred to USS ESSEX (LHD 2) in Sasebo, Japan as the Deck Department and then Combat Systems Department leading chief petty officer (LCPO), during this time he was advanced to master chief. He reported to Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, NAS Fallon, NV, in January 2006 as the Ordnance LCPO. Upon reporting, he was selected to the Command Master Chief program. He reported to USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56), in Yokosuka, Japan, as command master chief, from May 2007 to December 2009, and in January 2010 as command master chief onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), Yokosuka, Japan, until May 2012.
He reported as command master chief for Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan, in May 2012.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 130, and Command Master Chief-Chief of the Boat Capstone course, class 38.
Master Chief King has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (seven awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), as well as other personal, unit and service decorations.