Duane R. Bushey

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Duane R. Bushey
MCPON Duane Bushey.jpg
7th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Born (1944-05-03) May 3, 1944 (age 73)
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1962–1992
Rank MCPON collar.png Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Commands held Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Commendation Medal
Navy Achievement Medal

Duane R. Bushey (born May 3, 1944) was the seventh Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.[1][2] Following graduation from Wicomico High School in Salisbury, Maryland, he enlisted in the United States Navy in June 1962.

Master Chief Bushey received recruit training at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois, and completed Aviation Electrician "A" school in Jacksonville, Florida. He first saw duty at the naval Air Test Facility at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland, followed by further technical training in an advanced electronics “B” school. He then served on board the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge (CVS-33), with two follow-on tours as a flight instructor for fleet replacement navigators with Heavy Attack Squadron 123 at the Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington and Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 130 at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California, where he served as Celestial and Radar Navigation Instructor.

Master Chief Bushey then served as the Assistant Aircrew Division Officer for the Aircraft Ferry Squadron Thirty One in Norfolk, Virginia. While serving with VRF-31, he qualified as an overwater navigator in several aircraft, as flight engineer for P-3 Orion aircraft and bombardier/navigator for A-6 Intruder aircraft.

Master Chief Bushey was selected to attend the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in Fort Bliss, Texas in January 1980 and while there received the General Ralph E. Hanes Jr. Award for outstanding research. Following graduation in July 1980 he returned to VRF-31 as Command Master Chief, deploying aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). On September 9, 1988, Master Chief Bushey became the seventh Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. He has accumulated more than 6,000 flying hours and made more than 400 carrier landings.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Navy air warfare.jpg Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia
En-NavyAircrew.jpg Naval Aircrew Warfare Specialist insignia
MCPON Full.png Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Identification Badge
Navy Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with one gold award star
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with award star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with two service stars
Battle Effectiveness Award ribbon, 2nd award.svg Navy "E" Ribbon with two Battle E devices
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngSilver-service-star-3d.png Navy Good Conduct Medal with one silver and one bronze service stars
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars
Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon with 60- clasp.svg Vietnam Campaign Medal


  1. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq46-8.htm
  2. ^ Naval aviation news. Chief of Naval Operations. September 1992. p. 38. 


Military offices
Preceded by
William H. Plackett
7th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
SEP 9, 1988 – AUG 28, 1992
Succeeded by
John Hagan