Master Chief Bristow enlisted in the Navy in September 1990 and completed Recruit Training in San Diego, California. He attended Aviation Electrician’s Mate “A” school in Millington, Tennessee and Naval Aircrew Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.
His duty assignments include NAF El Centro, California; Helicopter Squadron Light (HSL) 51 Atsugi, Japan; HSL-43 San Diego, California; Naval Aviation Schools Command Pensacola, Florida; Patrol Squadron (VP) 46 Whidbey Island, Washington; Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 Patuxent River, Maryland; USS CARR (FFG 52) Norfolk, Virginia; and (HX) 21 at Patuxent River, Maryland.
During these tours, he performed duties and flew in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Desert Shield. He deployed to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific, Southwest Asia Area of Operations, and Western Caribbean Sea.
Master Chief Bristow was selected to the Command Master Chief program in July 2011 and is a graduate of the CMC/COB Course and the Senior Enlisted Academy. He holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College.
Master Chief Bristow’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Good Conduct (seven awards), and various unit and campaign awards.
He was previously assigned as the Command Master Chief for Naval Support Activity South Potomac before assuming his current position in July 2018.