Master Chief Billy Mason is the installation command master chief aboard Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans.
Mason is a native of Milford, Connecticut, and a 1989 graduate of Syracuse University where he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Anthropology.
He entered the Navy on May 7 1991 and began training at RTC San Diego, California. After basic training he attended Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipmentman) school in Millington, Tennessee.
Upon completion of AME “A” school he reported to his first operational unit, Fleet Logistics Support Center (VR) 58, “Sun Seekers” at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In August 1994 he attended Naval Aircrew Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a naval aircrewman in January 1995. In 1996 he qualified as a C-9B loadmaster.
In August 1997, Mason attended C-130 Hercules flight engineer school at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas and upon completion, was assigned to VR-55 “Minute Men” at Moffett Federal Air Field, California.
In March 2002 he reported to VR-53 “Capital Express” at Naval Air Facility, Washington D.C. He was selected to chief petty officer in 2003. In July 2006, he reported to NAS JRB New Orleans, assigned to VR-54 “The Revelers.” In 2007, he was promoted to senior chief petty officer and in April 2009 selected for the Air Force Senior NCO Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
His next assignment was NAS Fort Worth, Texas, to complete a BRAC mandated homeport change for the “Eagles” of VR-46. In September 2011, he was selected as senior enlisted leader for the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 77 “Night Wolves” at NAS JRB New Orleans and completed their decommissioning in March 2013.
Mason next reported to Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 111 “Sundowners” in Key West, Florida. In April 2015, he was selected as Naval aircrewman master chief and in October 2015 he became the command master chief for Navy Reserve Professional Development Center at NAS JRB New Orleans.