Master Chief Daniel Irwin is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He enlisted in the Navy in June 1996 and reported to basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. After graduating, he reported to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Millington, Tennessee where he attended Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) (AME) ‘A’ school with a follow-on school in Norfolk, Virginia to attend the Navy’s E-2/C-2 specific aircraft training ‘C’ school.
In December 1996, he reported for his first duty assignment with the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) Three Zero Det. Five forward deployed to Atsugi, Japan. During his tour, he completed numerous deployments in the Western Pacific aboard USS Independence (CV-62), where he qualified as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and advanced to Petty Officer 2nd Class.
In March 2001, he reported to Executive Transport Detachment (ETD), Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii maintaining aircraft for COMPACFLT. While serving as the Leading Petty Officer and Quality Assurance Representative he advanced to Petty Officer 1st Class.
In January of 2004, Irwin reported back to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Three Zero (VRC-30) Det. Five in Atsugi, Japan making several deployments aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) to the Western Pacific theater. While there he served as the detachment Leading Petty Officer, qualifying as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Safe-for-Flight and advanced to Chief Petty Officer.
In June of 2007, he reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. There he served as a Recruit Division Commander for eight divisions and a Fleet Quality Assurance Inspector and advanced to Senior Chief.
In August 2010, he reported to the “Golden Dragons” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) One Nine Two, homeported in Lemoore, California. During this tour, he served as the Line Division Leading Chief Petty Officer and Night Check Maintenance Control. He was selected for the Command Senior Chief program while deployed aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
In June 2012, Master Chief Irwin reported to the “Black Aces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) Four One as the Command Senior Chief and was selected for advancement to Master Chief.
Master Chief Irwin then reported to his next assignment as Command Master Chief, for Commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa (CFAO) in May 2014. In September 2016, he assumed duties as Command Master Chief for Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73/Singapore Area Coordinator. In July 2018, Irwin began his current assignment as Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan Command Master Chief.
Master Chief Irwin is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 166 Gold Group, a graduate of the
CMC/COB Course, class 102 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and numerous unit and campaign awards.