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Command Master Chief Sean Howe, Command Master Chief, Naval Medical Forces PacificCommand Master Chief Sean E. Howe
Command Master Chief, Naval Medical Forces Pacific

Master Chief Howe is a native of Stoughton, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Central High School in Manchester, New Hampshire, and began his naval career at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Florida in Jan. 1993.

In Jan. 1995, after graduation from Nuclear Field 'A' School, Nuclear Power School, and Naval Nuclear Prototype training, he reported to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Norfolk, Virginia.
In Jan. 1998, Howe reported for instructor duty in Ballston Spa, New York. While there, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in human resource management from New School University. He applied for and was accepted into the submarine community, reporting to USS Columbus (SSN 762), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 2001. While aboard the Columbus, serving as the Reactor Controls Division Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO), he advanced to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.

Howe left the nuclear program in April 2006, and transferred to Naval Submarine Support Command (NSSC) in Bangor, Washington, to await a new assignment. While there, he served as a refit coordinator for two ballistic missile submarines, and coordinated more than 250,000 man hours of maintenance, to include emergency repairs for one Los Angeles Class submarine, allowing her to complete her mission.

In Sept. 2008, now serving as a Surface Electronics Technician, Howe reported to the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, San Diego, for an individual augmentee assignment at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. While there, he served as the LCPO for both the Contractor Accountability/Iraqi Based Industrial Zone (IBIZ) and the Operations Department, participating in numerous key leader engagements in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom, managing more than 6,000 Iraqi, third-country national, and American contractors on base. In May 2009, Howe returned to San Diego and reported to USS Pinckney (DDG 91) to serve as the maintenance and materiel management coordinator. He was selected for the Command Senior Chief program, and advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in May 2012. Howe served as the Command Master Chief for HSC-22, USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy. In Sept. 2020, Howe assumed the duty as Command Master Chief for Naval Medical Forces Pacific, in San Diego.

His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), and various campaign and unit awards.
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