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Master Chief Michael Hinkle
Command Master Chief, Navy Medicine East

A native of Newtown, West Virginia, Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Hinkle enlisted in the U.S. Navy 1988.  Following basic training in Chicago, Illinois, he attended Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut.   He later received his bachelor’s degree from Brenau University and his master’s degree from American Military University.  He is designated a specialist (Silver Dolphin) in submarine warfare.

Hinkle’s early tours included seven strategic deterrent patrols aboard USS Rhode Island Gold (SSBN 740); Submarine Group 10 in Kings Bay, Georgia; a Mediterranean deployment aboard USS Baltimore (SSN 704); assistant navigator for USS Florida (SSGN 738); and recruiter-in-charge of Navy Recruiting Station Huntington.  Served as assistant navigator for Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team.  He completed a Western Pacific deployment as chief of the boat aboard Pearl Harbor-based attack submarine, USS Cheyenne (SSN-773), earning him the Battle Efficiency "E" award.  

Prior to becoming Navy Medicine East’s command master chief Nov. 9, 2017, Hinkle served as command master chief for Naval Hospital Pensacola.

His personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and Battle Efficiency “E” Ribbon (three awards) and various unit and campaign awards.