CMDCM Maurice Sutherland enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1989 and attended recruit training at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida. Upon graduation from Recruit Training Command, he reported to Apprenticeship Training School in Orlando, Florida.
At sea, he has served aboard the USS Mississippi (CGN 40); USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75), where he deployed to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom; Naval Support Activity Diego Garcia for duty as Security Department Leading Chief Petty Officer; Special Boat Team 22 as Chief Master-at-Arms, and Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 113 as Command Master Chief.
His shore tours included the staff of Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia; two tours of duty at Naval Air Station, Meridian, Mississippi including serving as Command Master Chief of Naval Technical Training Center Meridian; Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy where he advanced to Master-at-Arms First Class; Naval Station Rota, Spain where he served as Security Department Senior Enlisted Advisor and was selected for the FY13 Command Senior Chief Program. He was advanced to Master Chief in May 2013.
He deployed to an Individual Augmentee assignment at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for a Detainee Operations from August 2005 to April 2006.
Sutherland earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College of Missouri Vincennes University in June 2016.
Command Master Chief Sutherland has completed both the Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA151 Grey) and the Command Leadership Course (Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat, Class 119) in Newport, Rhode Island. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four), as well as various unit awards, campaign and service decorations. He is qualified to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare Specialist, and the Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist pins.