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SCENES FROM THE WARDROOM
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COMAND MASTER CHIEF AWCM(SW AW AC) DONN S. SHELDON Command Master Chief Sheldon, son ot the late Richard A. Sheldon, and Joyce L. Mosher, was born m Stockton. California on May 14. 1954- He attended grade school in Bakersfield, California and in 1972 he graduated from Highland Hi h School. In January, 1973, while attending Bakersfield Junior College, he decided to change his focus and join the Navy where he volunteered for flight duties as an Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator (AW). After graduation from AW " A " School, he attended several specialized courses on his way to his first squadron, VP-4, Barbers Point, Hawaii. In 1975. after a couple Western Pacific Deployments, he was transferred to three tactical support centers in succession including sites at Moffett Field, CA., Sigonella, Sicily, and Kcflavik. Iceland. During those nine years he became well known for his superior leadership qualities and unequaled technical skill. Early in 1982, he was recognized for his vast knowledge of his rating, recruited by the Naval Military Personnel Command, Arlington, Virginia he became an AW Rating Detailor. Early in his tour he was selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer. In 1985, he reported to the First Lamps MK-III Fleet Replacement Squadron. HSL-4I, San Diego, CA.. for duties as the training department LCPO. Onboard only a feu months, he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer and was subsequently assigned additional duties as Senior Chief of the Command. It was during this assignment, he established a oal of being inducted into the coveted Command Master Chief (CM C) program. Shortly after his transfer from HSL-41 in 1 989, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer, selected for assignment to CM C billet with ' F- 1 14. -Miramar. CA.. embarked onboard USS ENTERPRISE i;CVN 65) and ' later USS ABRAHAM l ' iNCOLN (CVN 72). After a very successful tour, he was transferred to the staff of COMASWWINGPAC. San Diego. CA.. where he assumed the duties as Wing Aircrew Training Officer, responsible for all West Coast Naval Aircrew Programs. Upon disestablishment of COMASWWINGPAC in 1993. Master Chief Sheldon was again recruited for another distinctive assignment as the Initial CM C and driving force in the establishment of the first ever Lamps MK-III Type Wing. He supported eight CM C ' s and over 2000 enlisted personnel from geographically separated. Pacific Fleet Lamps MK-III Squadrons. Familiar with the solid link between surface and air assets and possessing first hand e.xperience Mth the overall Lamps Team Concept. Master Chief Sheldon actively pursued the opportunity to become the CM C of a Lamps MK-III capable warship, resultini; in his current assignment onboard the USS INGERSOLL (DD 9901 . Now in his 25th year of dedicated service, he maintains his surface and aviation warfare designations and also his naval aircrewman qualifications in the SH-60B helicopter. He often flics missions w ith the .Air Department in addition to performing his demanding and varied duties in support of the Captain and Crew. Master Chief Sheldon is married to the former L n Parker-Baih- ot Reddin ;, California. They have three children, Meijan, Brandonn, and Bridgette.
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