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CMDCM (SW/IDW/EXW/FMF) Eric LaWayne Mayes was born October 4, 1969 in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Jess Lanier High School in Bessemer, Alabama in 1988. CMDCM Mayes reported for active duty in the United States Navy on January 26, 1989 and, after completing basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois, attended hospital corpsman "A" school. His follow-up training was field medical service school in September of 1989. In October of 1989, he reported for duty at National Naval Medical Center; duties included working on seventh west (an internal medicine ward), recovery room, and surgery clinic.
 
While still stationed at NNMC, he deployed to DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, 1991. While stationed there he also attended operating technician room. In 1992, he then transferred to 2nd Medical Battalion, headquarters and battalion, where he reported and worked at French Creek Clinic for 3 years as clinic's treatment room assistant leading petty officer, charged with 2nd Medical Battalions and Dental Battalion sick-call and minor surgical procedures. He advanced to second class petty officer while he was there. In 1995, he transferred and reported to the Pensacola, Florida in July for duty as an operating room technician. While assigned to Naval Hospital Pensacola, operating room, he served as leading chief petty officer for over 40 active duty and reserve enlisted personnel.
 
CMDCM Mayes after a successful tour at Pensacola, Florida attended independent duty corpsman in October 1997; the "C" school was for one year and while there was advanced to petty officer first class in October 1998. He then transferred to Sigonella, Italy Naval Hospital where he worked at Naval Air Station (NAS II) Clinic, as independent corpsman and assistance leading petty officer of 30 active duty Sailors. His duties was far and between and one of his duties was as a SPRINT team member, where he was given an opportunity to assist the USS Cole personnel after the ship was hit.
 
After, serving at the US Naval Hospital for 3 years, he transferred to US Naval Hospital Lemoore in December 2001. While stationed there he was advanced to chief hospital corpsman in 2002. While stationed there he served as command career counselor for 300 active duty personnel and senior independent duty corpsman for the Naval Air Stationed for 2000 active duty sailors.
 
Transferring early, CMDCM Mayes PCS'd to a PRECOMM unit called Mobile Security Squadron SEVEN, in Guam. This opportunity assumed was rewarding and a challenging job as leading chief petty officer and medical officer (independent duty). During this time he received & qualified for the Expeditionary Warfare pin. In October 2008, he then transferred to Naval Operational Medical Institute Detachment Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute. While at NEMTI he was the acting SEA and senior instructor/MTS coordinator. He deployed to Afghanistan for several months with 2MEB. After 3 years there he transferred to the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) as the department leading chief petty officer/IDC.
 
While stationed on the USS Blue Ridge, he qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare and Enlisted Informational Dominance Warfare pin; in addition, he was selected as master chief and selected to the US Navy command master chief program.
 
In June 2015, CMDCM Mayes reported to NRD San Antonio, Texas, as the command master chief.
 
CMDCM Mayes awards earned are the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold star, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with four gold star, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal with four bronze stars, Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star, Sea Service Ribbon with four bronze stars, Overseas Service Ribbon with four bronze star, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), and Sharpshooter Ribbons for Rifle and Pistol. He is qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare; Enlisted Fleet Marine Force; Enlisted Informational Dominance and Expeditionary Warfare pin.
 
CMDCM Mayes is 2012 graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy. He earned a bachelor degree in health care management from Touro University of California (TUI) in 2008 and completed his master degree program with TUI in September 2010.

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