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CMDCM(AW/SW) Thomas "Dean" Howell
Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief


Command Master Chief Howell hails from Winnfield, LA and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 2001.  After completing Boot Camp at RTC Great Lakes, he attended Personnelman “A” School in Meridian, MS.  His first duty assignment was on USS Essex (LHD 2) in Sasebo, Japan where he served as the Personnel Leading Petty Officer and completed a nine-month deployment to the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His subsequent tours include Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN where he served as the ITEMPO and CSB/REDUX program manager for the Navy and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer; Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO TWO, where he served as the Administrative Department LCPO and was awarded the Senior Enlisted Leadership Award; USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), where he served as the Executive Department LCPO, stood watch as Anti-Surface Warfare Coordinator (ASUWC), and was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer; and Commander, Navy Region Hawaii where he served as the Regional Program Director for Navy Wounded Warrior, and as the Region Command Master Chief.

Command Master Chief Howell reported to his first Command Master Chief assignment on USS McCampbell in June of 2018, completing multiple patrols in support of regional stability in the INDOPACOM Area of Responsibility as the most operational unit in SEVENTH Fleet.  He reported to Naval Air Facility Misawa in August, 2020 where he currently serves as the Command Master Chief.

Master Chief Howell is an Honor Graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy Class 192, and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Class 186.  He holds an Associate’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Park University.

Command Master Chief Howell’s personal decorations include:  Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards); and various unit and campaign awards, including five Battle “E” awards.


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