U.S. Fleet Forces announces new Fleet Master Chief

Posted at 7:57 PM, Aug 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-27 19:59:17-04

Norfolk, Va. – U.S. Fleet Forces Command has named the command’s new fleet master chief, the senior enlisted leader for the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet

Command Master Chief Chuck Clarke, currently serving in the top enlisted job at U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, will take over for Fleet Master Chief Mike Stevens, who’s slated to become the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy at the end of September.

“Master Chief Chuck Clarke is a tremendous leader with a wealth of
experience in a variety of assignments,” said Stevens. “He has our
Navy’s and our Sailor’s best interests in mind and can provide the
commander with a unique perspective that will only help to increase
mission readiness throughout the Fleet.”

In his new assignment, Clarke will become the command’s senior enlisted
advisor for more than 100,000 active duty and reserve personnel who
serve on more than 120 ships and submarines and nearly 80 shore
activities within the U.S. Fleet Forces Command area of responsibility.

Clarke, who was born in Georgetown, Guyana (South America), enlisted in
the Navy in 1987.

His previous assignments include USS Dubuque (LPD 8), USS Mount Vernon
(LSD 39), USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
(NMCB) 40, Recruit Training Command and Personnel Support Detachment
Point Loma in San Diego, Calif., Naval Support Activity, La Maddalena,
Italy; and Helicopter Tactical Wing Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va.

Prior to U.S. Fifth Fleet, he served as the command master chief aboard
the carriers USS Kitty Hawk (CVN 63) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

Clark is a graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy, the Command
Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course and the National Defense
University Keystone Course. He’s hold an Associate’s Degree from
National University, a Bachelor’s from Excelsior College, and a Master’s
in human relations from the University of Oklahoma.

His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two
awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and
Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), and the Military
Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.