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 Command Master Chief Michael Hinkle

Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida

 

 

Command Master Chief Hinkle hails from Newtown, WV and graduated from Matewan High School in 1988.  He entered the Navy in July of that same year.  After Basic Training in Chicago IL., he attended Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut.
 
In December 1988, he reported to USS Baltimore (SSN 704) where he advanced to Petty Officer Third Class. He earned his Enlisted Submarine Warfare Qualification, or Silver “Dolphins,” in 1989 and completed a Mediterranean Deployment.
 
In 1991 he transferred to COMSUBGRU 10 in Kings Bay, Ga and was advanced to Second Class.  He was selected for the Enlisted Education Advancement Program and from Sept 1994 to Sept 1996 he was attached to NSB Kings Bay and attended Georgia Military College.
 
He served on USS Rhode Island Gold SSBN 740 from 1996-2000 were he completed seven strategic deterrent patrols, advanced to First Class, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Brenau University.
 
In October 2000, he transferred to Navy Recruiting District Richmond Virginia and was the Recruiter-in-Charge of Navy Recruiting Station Huntington, WV.  He was advanced to Chief Petty Officer.
 
He reported to USS Florida (SSGN 738) in September 2004 as the Assistant Navigator were he completed the SSGN conversion, conducted a change of homeport, and took USS Florida on her first deployment as an SSGN.
 
From October 2008 to September 2011, he served as an Assistant Navigator for Commander, Submarine Forces, Atlantic Fleet, Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team.  During this tour he served as FORCE Assistant Navigator for the Pacific Fleet, was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer, and earned his Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from AMU.
 
In Oct 2011, he assumed the duties as the Chief of the Boat on USS Cheyenne, advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer, and completed a Western Pacific Deployment.
 
In Dec 2014, he reported as the Command Master Chief of Naval Hospital Pensacola.
 
His list of awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (one gold star), Navy Achievement Medal (1 silver and 1 gold star), Battle Efficiency “E” Ribbon with three “E”s and various other personal and campaign medals and ribbons. 
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