Command Master Chief Gilham, is a native of Glendora, California. He enlisted in the Navy through the Delayed Entry Program in March 1993 and entered active service in January 1994. He completed basic Training at Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois, then went on to graduate from Hospital Corpsman “A” School at the Naval School of Health Sciences in San Diego, California.
Command Master Chief Gilham's career sea duty assignments include: Surface Independent Duty tours aboard USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) and USSYorktown (CG 48), Naval Station Pascagoula, Mississippi; Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ELEVEN, Gulfport, Mississippi; and Command Master Chief tours with the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 attached to CAG-3, deployed aboard the aircraft carriers USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); and the “Garudas” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 attached to Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he deployed to Japan, South Korea and Guam.
His Shore duty assignments include: Branch Medical Clinic, NAS Dallas; Inspector-Instructor Staff, Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 14th Marines, Jackson Mississippi; Naval School of Health Sciences, San Diego; Commander Mine Counter Measures Squadron TWO as the Senior Mine Force Independent Duty Corpsman and Medical ISIC for twenty-four Navy Mine Counter Measures (MCM) and Minehunter Class (MHC) ships; Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific, where he served as the Medical Aid Station LCPO, CTF-73 Medical Fleet Liaison, CARAT Medical Planner, and Navy Region Singapore Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner. Additionally, he served as Command Master Chief for the “Bloodhounds” of Test Evaluation Squadron THREE ZERO (VX-30), Naval Base Ventura County. He previously served as the Command Master Chief at Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 161/Grey) and CMC/COB Course in Newport, Rhode Island; Singapore Armed Forces Warrant Officer School; and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree (summa cum laude) from George Washington University.
Gilham’s warfare qualifications include Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist, and Enlisted Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Good Conduct Medal (9 awards) and various other service and campaign awards.