James L. Herdt
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|James L. Herdt|
February 12, 1947 |
Casper, Wyoming, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1966–2002|
|Rank||Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy|
|Commands held||Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy|
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal|
Early life and education
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.
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, Fla., onboard 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.
Awards and decorations
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. 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.
- Enlisted Submarine Warfare Specialist insignia
- Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia
- Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia
- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Identification Badge
|Navy Distinguished Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with two gold award stars|
|Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal|
|Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with award star|
|Navy Unit Commendation|
|Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with one bronze service star|
|Navy "E" Ribbon|
|Navy Good Conduct Medal with one silver and two bronze service stars|
|Navy Expeditionary Medal with service star|
|National Defense Service Medal with service star|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal with service star|
|Armed Forces Service Medal|
|Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with four service stars|
|Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon|
|NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal from Kuwait|
|Navy Expert Rifleman Medal|
|Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal|
- 8 gold service stripes.
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|9th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
March 27, 1998 – April 22, 2002
Terry D. Scott