|COMMAND MASTER CHIEF
CMDCM (AW) CHRISTOPHER EASTRIDGE
Master Chief Eastridge entered the Navy in September
1987. He reported for Boot Camp in San Diego,
California. After completion he went onto AD “A”
School in Millington, TN. He was then ordered to
Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD),
Naval Air Facility Atsugi, where he was promoted to AD3.
In 1991, Master Chief Eastridge was ordered to Fighter Squadron One Five Four (VF-154) where he took part in the turn-over of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) on the only permanently forward deployed aircraft carrier. VF-154 also became the first forward deployed Tomcat squadron. While there, Master Chief Eastridge made two deployments, and participated in the Team Spirit ‘93 exercise and numerous Multi-National exercises both afloat and ashore. During this tour with VF-154, he was promoted to AD2.
In October 1994, Master Chief Eastridge returned to AIMD Atsugi for another shore tour, and earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist wings, finishing out as the Departmental Career Counselor.
In October 1997, Master Chief Eastridge reported back to VF-154 and was promoted to AD1 two months later. In 1998, he was fortunate enough to participate in another FDNF Carrier Turnover between the USS Independence (CV-62) and the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). He worked as the Line Division Leading Petty Officer (LPO), Power Plants Night-Shift Supervisor, and as a Multi-systems Quality Assurance Representative. He did two more Persian Gulf deployments, Spring Training to Australia, as well as multiple sea and shore detachments.
In 2001, Master Chief Eastridge reported to AIMD, Point Mugu, California. It was here in 2002 that he was tested, selected, and initiated as a Chief Petty Officer. During this tour, he was the Power Plants Division LPO and the Production Control Chief. In 2003, he terminated shore duty to return to FDNF, ending his last shore tour.
In January of 2004, he reported to Commander, Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW-5), Atsugi, Japan. Upon reporting, he was made the CVW-5 Det Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) for his first year on board. He then moved over to the Maintenance side of CVW-5, where he was fortunate enough to become a “Snoopy” (Dog) on board the USS Kitty Hawk. During this tour, he was promoted to ADCS.
In March of 2007, Master Chief Eastridge reported to the Fighting Redcocks of VFA-22. Starting out as the Quality Assurance Supervisor, he then moved to Maintenance Control for two combat deployments, including the first combat deployment of the AESA radar. After that, he worked as the Aircraft Division LCPO. In April of 2010, he was promoted to AFCM and went to the re-convening of the FY-11 Senior Chief Petty Officer selection board.
In August of 2010, Master Chief Eastridge reported to the Blue Diamonds of VFA-146 as the Maintenance Master Chief. After an NAS Fallon detachment and TSTA, the Blue Diamonds got underway in February of 2011 for a scheduled Fifth Fleet deployment on board the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). One month into the deployment the Reagan was directed to render Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief assistance to the people of Japan following the 2011 Tohuko earthquake and tsunami. During this period, he was selected to become a Command Master Chief.
After attending the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 160, and the Command Leadership School CMC/COB course Class 88, Master Chief Eastridge reported to the Stingers of VFA-113 as the Command Master Chief in July of 2011. He immediately went to SFARP, Fleet Week, then on the 2011-12 Deployment to the 5th Fleet A.O.R. Returning from deployment, the squadron continued on the path of success, garnering the EAWS Silver Pennant, a hugely successful MCI, a perfect score during the CWTPI, and lauded scores for the CSFWP MPA and CNAF AMI. These significant events earned the squadron the 2012 Scott Kirby Ordnance Excellence award and the 2012 Pacific Fleet Battle “E”.
In September of 2013, Master Chief Eastridge reported to Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet as the Command Master Chief.
His personal military decorations include: Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), and various campaign and service awards.
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