Master Chief Petty Officer Messina hails from St. Petersburg, Florida. He graduated from Gibbs Senior High School in July 1996 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1996. Upon completion of Recruit Training, he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Fire Control Technician A-School in Groton, CT, followed by MK118 Fire Control System C-School in Kings Bay, GA.
In 1998, Messina reported as a Fire Control Technician 3rd Class onboard USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737G) in Kings Bay, GA. During this tour, he earned his Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia, and advanced to Petty Officer Second Class.
In August 2002, Messina transferred to Trident Training Facility, Bangor, WA, where he was a tactical plots instructor, became the lead instructor, and advanced to First Class Petty Officer. While assigned he was hand selected to travel to Guam, and establish the Guam Short Term Team Trainer, allowing forward deployed submarines to have a training simulator.
His next sea tour was onboard USS CHEYENNE (SSN 773), in Pearl Harbor, HI, from April 2006 to November 2007. While onboard, he deployed to the 7th Fleet to conduct operations vital to national security. He advanced to Chief Petty Officer during this tour, and transferred to the USS LA JOLLA (SSN 701) to complete his LCPO and Department LCPO tour from November 2007 to April 2010.
In April 2010, Messina reported to COMSUBRON 7, in Pearl Harbor, HI as the Tactical Assistant. He was directly responsible for the training and mentorship of 10 submarine crews. During this tour of duty, he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer.
In August 2013 Master Chief Messina reported to USS HAWAII (SSN 776) as Chief of the Boat. His leadership was instrumental in USS HAWAII having the number 1 Command in the Navy for advancement for cycle 1 2015, having the highest percentage of advancements Navy wide. He was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in May 2015.
In April 2016, Messina became the COB/Submarine CMC Detailer at Naval Personnel Command, Millington, TN. He was directly responsible for the assignment and distribution of over 28000 Sailors in the Submarine Force. While at NPC, he applied for and was selected to the Command Master Chief Program.
Messina became Command Master Chief of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in September, 2018.
His military education includes Basic Enlisted Submarine School, Fire Control Technician A and C Schools, Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 169 Green), COB/CMC School. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medals (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (4 awards), and numerous individual, campaign, and unit awards.