Rick West

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Rick D. West
Rick West def.jpg
West in December 2008
Born 1963 (age 50–51)
Rising Fawn, Georgia, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1981–2012
Rank MCPO collar.png Master chief petty officer
Unit Chief of Naval Operations
Commands held MCPON Full.png Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
U.S. Fleet Forces Command (FLTCM)
U.S. Pacific Fleet (FLTCM)
USS Preble (CMDCM)
Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (FORCM)
Commander, Submarine Squadron Eleven (CMDCM)
USS Portsmouth (COB)
Battles/wars Global War on Terrorism
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (with gold award star)
Meritorious Service Medal (with two award stars)
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with three award stars)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with award star)
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (with bronze service star)
Navy "E" Ribbon w/ Wreathed Battle E device
Navy Good Conduct Medal (with one silver and three bronze service stars)
Navy Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal (with service star)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with one silver and two bronze service stars)
Navy Arctic Service Ribbon
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (with service star)
Service stripes (7 awards)
Website www.navy.mil

Rick D. West (born 1963) is a retired United States Navy sailor, who served as the 12th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON).

Early life and education[edit]

West was born in 1963 in Rising Fawn, Georgia, and graduated from Northwest Georgia High School in Trenton, Georgia in 1981.

Career[edit]

West at the Skymont Boy Scout Camp in June 2009.

After graduating from high school, West immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He received recruit training and Quartermaster (QM) training at Orlando, Florida, followed by Enlisted Submarine School at Naval Submarine Base New London (Groton, Connecticut). His first duty assignment was on board USS Ethan Allen where he completed Submarine Qualifications (SS). Other assignments include USS Thomas A. Edison, USS Sea Devil, Commander Naval Activities United Kingdom (COMNAVACTUK), USS Tecumseh (Blue), and Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) team on COMSUBPAC Staff.

Leadership assignments[edit]

West was then assigned as Chief of the Boat on board the San Diego-based Fast Attack Submarine USS Portsmouth, completing two Western Pacific deployments. The crew earned two Battle Efficiency "E" awards.

He then served as Command Master Chief at Commander, Submarine Squadron Eleven. Upon completion of his tour at COMSUBRON ELEVEN, he was selected as Force Master Chief (FORCM) and attended the Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, Rhode Island.

West served as Force Master Chief, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC), from January 2001 to January 2004.

West was then assigned to USS Preble homeported in San Diego, where he completed a deployment to the Persian Gulf and qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (SW).

He was selected during his tour on the USS Preble to serve as United States Pacific Fleet, Fleet Master Chief, from February 2005 to June 2007. Since 2007, West had served as the 14th Fleet Master Chief for Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, prior to his selection as MCPON beginning December 12, 2008.

On December 12, 2008, West accepted the passing of the ceremonial cutlass from outgoing MCPON Joe R. Campa.[1] On September 28, 2012, he stepped down as MCPON and retired from the Navy after a three-decade career.[2]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Medals and ribbons[edit]

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Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Bronze star
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star

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Silver Deterrent Patrol badge.jpg
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Badge
Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia
1st Row
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (with gold award star)
2nd Row
Meritorious Service Medal (with two award stars)
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with three award stars)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with award star)
3rd Row
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (with bronze service star)
Navy "E" Ribbon w/ Wreathed Battle E device
Navy Good Conduct Medal (with one silver and three bronze service stars)
4th Row
Navy Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal (with service star)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
5th Row
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
6th Row
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with one silver and two bronze service stars)
Navy Arctic Service Ribbon
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (with service star)
Badge
Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Insignia
Badge
Silver SSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia
Badge
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy identification badge

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Military offices
Preceded by
Joe Campa
12th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
December 12, 2008 – September 28, 2012
Succeeded by
Michael D. Stevens