A native of Oakwood, Georgia, Master Chief Propes enlisted in the United States Navy on 28 August 1991 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. In December 1991, he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School Groton, Connecticut followed by Missile Technician “A” school in Dam Neck, Virginia prior to his first sea duty assignment onboard USS MARYLAND(SSBN 738)(BLUE), Kings Bay, Georgia. He completed Missile Technician “C” School at TRIDENT Training Facility, Kings Bay, Georgia and then returned to USS MARYLAND (SSBN 738)(BLUE). In September 1996, he transferred to his first shore assignment at TRIDENT Training Facility, Kings Bay, Georgia, where he earned his designation as a Master Training Specialist. He then reported to USS WEST VIRGINIA (SSBN 736)(BLUE), Kings Bay, Georgia in February 2000 where he was advanced to First Class Petty Officer. In July 2003 he reported to SUBLANT Weapons Inspection Component, Kings Bay, Georgia where he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. Following this tour in March 2005, he assumed duties as the Missile Technician Chief onboard USS MARYLAND (SSBN 738)(GOLD) where he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. He reported to Submarine Squadron Twenty, Kings Bay, Georgia in March 2008 and served as Assistant Weapons Officer until May 2011. During this tour he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and qualified Chief of the Boat. In May 2011 he was assigned as Chief of the Boat for USS RHODE ISLAND (SSBN 740)(GOLD) until 2013. He was then selected to serve as Chief of the Boat for USS GEORGIA (SSGN 729) (BLUE), Kings Bay, Georgia, followed by his assignment as Command Master Chief, Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic, where he was selected as a Command Master Chief. He is currently assigned as Command Master Chief for Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Master Chief Propes is entitled to wear the Enlisted Submarine Warfare insignia, Gold SSBN Deterrent Patrol insignia (signifying 20 Strategic Deterrent Patrols), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) and various other unit and campaign awards.