Master Chief Craig Forehand, from Pensacola, Florida, enlisted in the Navy Aug. 2, 1999. Upon completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, he reported to Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, S.C. and completed Machinist Mate "A" school. He then reported to Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut, for the completion of BESS and Auxiliary "C" school. After graduation for the initial training, he reported to his first submarine, USS Providence (SSN 719) stationed in Groton.
He spent six years on board Providence. In 2006, he was selected for Chief Petty Officer and transferred to Performance Monitoring Team in Groton. In late 2008, he transferred to USS Memphis (SSN 691) and served as the Auxiliary Division Leading Chief Petty Officer for three years. He was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2010. In 2012, he was transferred to Naval Submarine School in Groton where he performed a variety of duties. In 2015, he transferred to USS Toledo (SSN 769) to serve as Chief of the Boat and was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and selected to serve as a Command Master Chief in 2017. Master Chief Forehand reported to Naval Air Station Key West in May 2018 to serve as the installation's Command Master Chief.