James L. Herdt

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James L. Herdt
MCPON James Herdt.jpg
Born (1947-02-12) February 12, 1947 (age 72)
Casper, Wyoming, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1966–2002
RankU.S. Navy E10 infobox.png Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Commands heldMCPON Full.png Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal

James Lee Herdt (born February 12, 1947), the ninth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy was appointed on March 27, 1998.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Casper, Wyoming, Herdt enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1966. After attending Machinist's Mate "A" School in Great Lakes, Illinois, he served sea tours aboard the USS Independence (CV-62) and USS Will Rogers (SSBN-659) and shore tours at Nuclear Power Training Unit, Windsor, Connecticut, and Radiological Repair Facility in New London, Connecticut.


Herdt talking with U.S. Navy sailors in March 2002.
Herdt talking with U.S. Navy sailors in June 2009.

After leaving active duty in 1974, Herdt enlisted in the Naval Reserve serving in various Selected Naval Reserve units while attending Kansas State University. Returning to active duty in 1976, he served as a Naval Reserve Recruiter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in 1978 rejoined the regular Navy.

Herdt served aboard USS Texas (CGN-39), USS Cincinnati (SSN-693), and on the staff of the Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida, prior to his tour as Chief of the Boat aboard USS Skipjack (SSN-585). He has served as Command Master Chief at Nuclear Field "A" School, Orlando, Florida, on board USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.. In 1996, he was selected to serve and as the Chief of Naval Education and Training Force Master Chief. He was sworn in as the ninth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy on March 27, 1998.

On March 10, 2000, the first MCPON, Delbert Black, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Herdt, who was just beginning his enlistment during Black's tour as MCPON, delivered the eulogy.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Herdt is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. He has earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in human resources management from Florida Institute of Technology in 1992.[2] He is "triple qualified" (authorized to wear the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and Enlisted Submarine Warfare Specialist breast insignias). Herdt is also certified as a Master Training Specialist.

Navy Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with two gold award stars
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with award star
Navy Unit Commendation
Bronze star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with one bronze service star
Battle Effectiveness Award ribbon, 1st award.svg Navy "E" Ribbon
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Good Conduct Medal with one silver and two bronze service stars
Bronze star
Navy Expeditionary Medal with service star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with service star
Armed Forces Service Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Service Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with four service stars
U.S. Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon.svg Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal from Kuwait
U.S. Navy Expert Rifleman Ribbon.svg Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
U.S. Navy Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.svg Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal


Military offices
Preceded by
John Hagan
9th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
March 27, 1998 – April 22, 2002
Succeeded by
Terry D. Scott