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Command Master Chief Gaddist is a native of Jersey City, NJ and a 1989 graduate of Kingstree Senior High School in Kingstree, SC. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April of 1990, then completed basic recruit training at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Fl.
 
Master Chief Gaddist reported to his first assignment, USS Josephus Daniels (CG 27) stationed in Norfolk, Va. He returned to Orlando Fleet Training Center in 1992 to quartermaster "A" school then completed a 6 month deployment to the Mediterranean onboard USS Josephus Daniels for her final deployment.
 
His other sea tours include USS Kalamazoo (AOR 6), USS Portland (LSD 37), USS Kauffman (FFG 59), USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS Normandy (CG 60) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
 
Shore commands include: Magnetic Silencing Facility Norfolk,Va, Commander Amphibious Group Two Virginia Beach, Va and Afloat Training Group Norfolk,Va.
 
Master Chief Gaddist is a graduate of the senior enlisted academy class 149 (Brown) and command master chief/ chief of the boat course (Class 146) both in Newport, RI.
 
His personal awards include the Navy And Marine Commendation Medal (four), Navy And Marine Achievement Medal (five) and various unit and campaign awards. Qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist. Master Chief Gaddist reported as command master chief of Naval Recruit District Richmond in July of 2015.

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