CMDCM (SW/AW) Walter D. Bell is a native of Pembroke, Ky., and graduated from Hopkinsville High School in 1989. He enlisted in the Navy in May 1992 and completed Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Ill. Bell then reported to and completed MM “A” School at Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill.
CMDCM Bell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Management from Post University. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 191/Orange Group) and the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 151).
CMDCM Bell’s source rating was a conventional Machinist Mate. His career duty assignments include USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3) Maintenance Person/Equipment Operator; Fleet Technical Support Center Atlantic Field Service Engineer; USS IWO JIMA (LHD-7) Leading Petty Officer; Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic Instructor/Master Training Specialist and Leading Chief Petty Officer; USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) Reactor Propulsion Division Leading Chief Petty Officer; Navy Recruiting District OHIO General Officer Active Recruiter/Station Leading Chief Petty Officer; USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG-79) 3MC/Executive, Navigation, Medical, and Engineering Division Leading Chief Petty Officer; Command Master Chief, VFA-15, Naval Air Station Oceana; Command Master Chief, Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16); and is currently serving as Command Master Chief at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), Good Conduct Medal (eight awards), and various unit and campaign awards. He is a qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, and Master Training Specialist.