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Benjamin Franklin Chester

Command Master Chief - NTAG Rocky Mountain

04 April 2022

CMDCM Benjamin Chester
220425-N-N0616-1003 -- DENVER (Apr 25, 2022) Navy Talent Acquisition Group Rocky Mountain Command Master Chief, CMDCM Benjamin Chester poses for an official Navy photo. (U.S. Navy photo by Dan Puleio)
CMDCM Benjamin Chester
220425-N-N0616-1003
220425-N-N0616-1003 -- DENVER (Apr 25, 2022) Navy Talent Acquisition Group Rocky Mountain Command Master Chief, CMDCM Benjamin Chester poses for an official Navy photo. (U.S. Navy photo by Dan Puleio)
Photo By: Daniel Puleio
VIRIN: 220425-N-N0616-1003

Born in Farmington, New Mexico, and a graduate of South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington, Command Master Chief Benjamin Franklin Chester enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 15th, 2000. His military training and certification includes the Middle Enlisted Cryptologic Career Advancement Program (MECCAP), the senior enlisted academy (192 Brown), and a Bachelor’s Degree in intelligence studies from the American Military University.


Chester reported to USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) in July of 2001 and deployed to the Middle East twice for combat missions supporting Operation Enduing Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2004-2008 Chester was assigned to Navy Information Operations Detachment Alice Springs, Australia. From 2008-2011 he was assigned as an intern at the National Security Agency (NSA), Fort Meade, Maryland. While assigned to the NSA he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in support of NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and was selected for chief petty officer in 2011.


In 2011 he reported to Navy Information Operations Command Whidbey Island where he served as the signals analysis laboratory and mobile quick look department LCPO. In 2014 he was assigned to USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) homeported in Yokosuka Japan and was promoted to senior chief petty officer. He served as the operations department LCPO and qualified as an aegis air warfare coordinator.


In 2018 he served as the senior enlisted leader for the Department of Defense, Special Representative Japan on Yokota Air Base, Japan where he was selected to the command senior chief program. He served as the command senior enlisted leader of USS Sioux City (LCS 11) blue crew until his selection to command master chief. He reported to Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Rocky Mountain in November of 2020. 33€44

Master Chief Chester is authorized to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare, Enlisted Information Warfare, and Enlisted Aviation Warfare pins, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various campaign, service, and unit awards.