Capt. Sam “Smokey” White, a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in Chemistry, received his commission at Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. Following completion of Surface Officer School in Newport, R.I., he reported to USS Tortuga (LSD 46) where he served as the second division officer. During this tour, White earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation and completed a Sixth Fleet (6th Fleet) deployment.
Born and raised in Waycross, Georgia, Commander Butts enlisted in the Navy 10 June 1987 and rose to the ranks of Chief Quartermaster. He was commissioned as a Deck Limited Duty Officer on 1 June 2001.
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Petty Officer Isaiah Marauta is a native of Wakonda, South Dakota. In August 1995, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Mess Management Specialist and attended Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL, followed by MS “A” School in San Diego.