A native of Cocoa Beach, FL, Master Chief Mace enlisted in the United States Navy on June 29, 1999. After completing Recruit Training in Chicago, IL, he attended Aviation Structural Mechanic “A” school in Pensacola, FL. His first duty following school was serving as an airframes mechanic onboard Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 (HMT 302) at Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, NC.
In December 2001, Aviation Structural Mechanic Third Class Mace reported to Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16) in Jacksonville, FL, where he received his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification and was advanced to Second Class.
In March 2004, Aviation Structural Mechanic Second Class (AW) Mace attended Master at Arms “A” school in Chesapeake, VA. His first duty following school was serving as a patrolman at Naval Security Force Bahrain, where he was advanced to First Class.
In January 2006, Master at Arms First Class Mace reported to Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL, serving as the Security Department Leading Petty Officer, CMAA and Command Investigator. In 2007 he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and was assigned as the Facilities, Security and Operating Management Department LCPO.
In March 2009 Chief Mace reported to Maritime Expeditionary Security Detachment 823, Columbus, OH. He deployed to Iraq and Kuwait as the Senior Enlisted and qualified as an Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare Specialist. During this tour he commissioned and decommissioned Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron FOURTEEN and was selected to Senior Chief Petty Officer.
In July 2012, he reported to Coastal Riverine Squadron TEN (CRS-10) in Jacksonville, FL where he served as the Senior Enlisted Leader. While at CRS-10 he was selected to the Command Senior Chief program.
From July 2014 to September 2016 CMDCS Mace served as the Command Senior Chief at the Columbus Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), where was promoted to Command Master Chief. He reported to Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay as the Command Master Chief on September 9, 2016.
His professional military education includes Navy Small Arms Instructor Course, Anti-Terrorism Officer and Physical Security Officer Courses, Anti-Terrorism Training Supervisor Course, Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class 181, the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat course, and holds a certification in law enforcement and homeland security. He earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Coastal Carolina Community College.
Master Chief Mace’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various unit and service medals and ribbons.