CNOCM(SW) Gary Peters,
Master Chief Gary Peters enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976 and graduated from Recruit Training in February 1977. He reported to Electronics Technician “A” School, Great Lakes, Illinois. Upon graduating in September 1977, he was promoted to Electronics Technician Third Class and assigned to the USS Orleck (DD 886) in Tacoma, Washington awaiting Nuclear Power School. He attended the Navy Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida from January to July 1978.
In 1978 he was assigned to the USS John King (DDG 3) where he served as a Communications equipment technician. In November 1980, he “cross-decked” to the USS Semmes (DDG 18). During this tour he was promoted to Second Class Petty Officer. He successfully completed all requirements as In-Port Officer of the Deck (OOD) and became the first E-5 to be designated to stand the OOD Watch. In August 1982 he rotated to shore duty as an ASWCC Instructor at Fleet Combat Training Center, Atlantic (FCTCLANT) Dam Neck, Virginia. He was selected as the FCTCLANT Instructor of the Year in 1984 and also promoted to Petty Officer First Class.
In September 1986 he was transferred back to sea duty aboard USS Barnstable County (LST 1197). In 1987, while deployed to Central and South America, he was selected and promoted to Chief Petty Officer. During this tour he served as the Electronics Division Leading Chief. He also supervised the Fire Control system technicians and assumed the duties as Electronics Material Officer.
In 1990 he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and assigned to Amphibious Squadron Twelve, Norfolk, Virginia as Electronics Material Officer and Assistant Combat Systems Officer. While there he attended the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 48, Gold Group) graduating in September 1991. Upon completion of shore duty in 1992, He was assigned to the USS Kidd (DDG 993) as the Systems Test Officer in charge of the Electronics Division and the Combat Systems Department testing program.
In 1994 he returned to shore duty assigned to Fleet Training Center, Norfolk, Virginia as a course supervisor for communications. During this tour he was sent TAD to attend the U.S. Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (Class 96 “B”) and graduated as an Honor Student in February 1996. That same year, he was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer and selected for the Command Master Chief (CMC) Program. His first CMC tour was onboard USS Hawes (FFG 53) from September 1996 until March 1998. He was then transferred to shore duty to assume duties as the CMC of the U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba until Jun 1999.
In 1999 he was selected for the CNO-Directed Command Master Chief (CNOCM) position for Commander, Naval Air Training Command/Navy Region South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas. In this capacity he represented over 10,000 Sailors on three separate naval stations, 4 air training commands, and the Navy’s elite Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team. In 2000, he was screened and selected to become the Director of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy – the only enlisted-managed leadership training command for senior enlisted leaders of all four military services.
As a CNO-Directed Command Master Chief, he was a member of the Chief of Naval Operations / Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Senior Leadership Panel which provided input and guidance to senior naval leadership, Congressional and Cabinet members, and local and regional communities. He served three years on this panel until his retirement in May 2002.
Master Chief Peters joined the NJROTC program as a Naval Science Instructor (NSI) in March 2003 at Patrick Henry High School, Ashland Virginia. He has 10 years experience as a Naval Science Instructor at various high schools as well as 4 years as a High School Test Coordinator.
Master Chief Peters’ personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and various deployment and campaign ribbons. He was also designated a Master Training Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. He completed his Bachelors Degree in Management from Park University in 2005 and his Masters Degree in Education from Liberty University in December 2011. He holds a Virginia state teaching license with the JROTC Endorsement.