Command Master Chief Todd Wende is a native of Eastland, Texas and enlisted in the United States Navy in June 1994.
Master Chief Wende attended the Recruit Training Command and Hospital Corpsman “A” School in Great Lakes, Illinois. His first assignment was to Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia with follow-on assignments to include the USS JOHN S. MCCAIN (DDG 56); U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan; USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62); Commander, Task Force SEVEN ZERO/Carrier Strike Group FIVE (CTF 70/CSG 5) permanently embarked onboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73); and Military Sealift Command Headquarters. Master Chief Wende served as the Command Master Chief of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO TWO “Diamondbacks” (VFA -02) from December 2012 to September 2014, Carrier Air Wing FIVE from September 2014 to June 2017 and is currently serving as Command Master Chief of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FIVE ONE (HSM-51) in Atsugi, Japan.
He is a graduate of the Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman School and the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Non-Resident) Class 12 (Khaki) in Newport, Rhode Island. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Arts in Education from Touro University in 2006.
Master Chief Wende’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), the Navy Good Conduct Medal (six awards), and various unit and campaign awards.