Command Master Chief Petty Officer, CMDCM Lateef N. Compton was born in Hartford, Conn. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1993 and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1994. Following basic training at Navy Recruit Training Command Great Lakes in Illinois, he attended Mess Specialist, “A” School in San Diego, CA. Upon graduation from “A” School, he reported for duty to the aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in Norfolk, Va., initially as a cook-on-watch but then quickly promoted to Watch Captain.
Ashore, CMDCM Compton was stationed at Naval Education and Training Center (NETC) in Newport, R.I., from December 1998 to January 2002. He served as the Community Base Housing (CBH) Manger and the Front Desk Supervisor and helped Naval Station Newport earn its Admiral Zumwalt Five-Star Accreditation for hospitality excellence.
In 2002 he returned to sea-duty assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron- Eight-Two (VFA-82) where he completed two deployments on board USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. In September 2005 he helped decommission VFA-82.
After attending Enlisted Recruiting Orientation in November 2005, he reported to Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Philadelphia where he served as Recruiter-in-Charge, Zone Supervisor and Command Managed Equal Opportunity Manager.
In January 2009, CMDCM Compton went back to sea duty on board USS O’KANE (DDG 77) where he assumed duties as the Supply Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and as the Senior Enlisted Advisor, replacing the recently retired Command Master Chief. In March of 2010 he was selected by the Navy to serve as a Command Senior Chief (CMDCS) and was directed to attend joint leadership training at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA), graduating with Class 61.
Upon graduating USASMA, he reported to littoral combat ship USS CORONADO (LCS-4) in August 2011 to serve as the CMDCS. While helping successfully commission the newest LCS, he was promoted to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.
In October 2014 he transferred to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Naples, Italy for his first major command tour where he helped maintain command morale and continuity for over 450 Sailors, civilians and local nationals. CMDCM Compton was then selected as the first Senior Enlisted Leader for Combined Maritime Forces, Bahrain; a joint military assignment working for a British One-star.
For his most recent assignment, CMDCM Compton was hand selected to lead the enlisted community at Naval Base San Diego, one of the largest naval facilities in the world and the winner of the Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award for 2019.
CMDCM Compton earned his Bachelors of Science in Management from Park University and his graduate degree in Arts with The University of Texas at El Paso with a concentration in leadership. He is also a graduate of the Keystone Course (Defense University -16-2), the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy, Navy Leadership Senior Seminar and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy’s Enlisted Leadership School.
His personal decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various unit citations. Additionally, he is authorized to wear the Enlisted Information, Aviation Warfare and Surface Warfare Specialist designations.