Command Master Chief Petty Officer Andrew J. Hochgraver is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He enlisted in the United States Navy in July 2000 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois. Upon completion of basic training, he attended Basic Engineering Common Core School and Engineman "A" School at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois.
His previous duty assignments include USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), homeported in both Norfolk, VA and Mayport, FL; Recruit Training Command as a Recruit Division Commander where he advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer and USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) home ported in San Diego, CA where he was advanced to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer, Master Chief Petty Officer and was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program. His first assignment as a Command Master Chief was onboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), home ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
In November 2016, he reported onboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) as the Command Master Chief, home ported in Gaeta, Italy. He is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College earning an Associate Degree in Applied Science, the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 179), Command Master Chief Capstone Course (Class 129) and National Defense University Keystone Course (Class 17-2).
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (one award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) and numerous unit and campaign awards. He attributes all of his personal awards and success to his family, mentors, and the Sailors with whom he has proudly served with exemplifying the Navy's Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.