Command Master Chief Palmer was born in Port Jefferson, New York. He graduated in 1998 from Vero Beach High School in Florida. After enlisting in the Navy in January of 2000, he attended Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, then reported to Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center for Sonar Technician "A" School.
CMDCM Palmer's first sea tour was aboard the USS Samuel Elliot Morrison (FFG-13) in Mayport Florida. Follow on sea tours include the USS Estocin (FFG-15), USS Carney (DDG-64), USS Mustin (DDG-89), and USS STETHEM (DDG-63).
CMDCM Palmer's Shore tours include CNFJ Oceanographic Research Detachment in Yokosuka, Japan and Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center in San Diego, CA.
In 2015 he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy where he graduated as class 187's honor graduate. In 2017 he was selected for the Command Senior Enlisted Leader Program and filled a temporary gap as USS STETHEM'S SEL. CMDCM Palmer is currently serving as Command Master Chief of Commander Fleet Activities Chinhae.