Command Master Chief Paul A. King was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Albuquerque, NM. He joined the Navy in 1989 after graduating from Albuquerque’s Cibola High School. King attended Recruit Training and Basic Hospital Corps School in San Diego, CA and Preventive Medicine Technician School in Oakland, CA.
His first assignment was to the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. Following his initial assignment, he went on to serve with Navy Environmental & Preventive Medicine Unit Five in San Diego, CA; deployments on USS DENVER (LPD 9) and to Joint Task Force Guantanamo; USS BOXER (LHD 4), where he qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist; Navy Environmental & Preventive Medicine Unit Two in Norfolk, VA; USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76); Commander Naval Air Forces U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD 17).
He is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 119 Khaki) here in Newport and holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies.
Upon selection for Command Master Chief and graduation from the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 51), also here in Newport, he completed tours as Command Master Chief on USS CHAFEE (DDG 90) and at Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. Prior to reporting here to the Ocean State, he was the Command Master Chief on the USS NEW ORLEANS (LPD 18).
King’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards); Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist device and Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist device.
He assumed his duties as Command Master Chief for Naval Station Newport on November 21, 2016.