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Command Master Chief Matthew M. Muravez
Command Master Chief, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125
Master Chief Muravez is a native of Hollywood, CA and a graduate of the Hollywood High School Performing Arts program. He enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program in March 2000. He completed Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, IL in November of 2000 and graduated from the Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola, FL Airman Apprenticeship Training Program in December of 2000.
Master Chief Muravez’ first assignment as an undesignated Airman was with Electronic Attack Squadron ONE FOUR ONE (VAQ-141), based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA. During his tour with the “Shadowhawks,” he deployed aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) in 2001 in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM. He deployed again aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While assigned to VAQ-141, he was promoted to Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class and Second Class, and was awarded as the 2002 Plane Captain of the Year.
He was then assigned in 2004 to Navy Munitions Command, CONUS West Division, Detachment El Centro, CA, where he was promoted to Aviation Ordnanceman First Class.
In 2007, he reported to Pre-Commissioning Unit Makin Island, in San Diego, CA where he became a plank owner of the USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD-8). While assigned, he deployed in 2011 and 2012, in support of middle eastern operations, Exercise COMMANDO SLING with the Singapore Air Force, and Exercise KILAT EAGLE with the Malaysian Army. During his tour onboard LHD-8, he served as the Weapons Department Quality Assurance Leading Petty Officer (LPO), G3 Division LPO, and was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 2012.
Following that tour, he reported in 2013 to USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) as the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Armament Division Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO). During his tour, he promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2015, and took part in the Navy’s only three-carrier hull-swap, where he was assigned to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in 2015 and then to the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) in 2016.
In 2017, he was reassigned to USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6) as the Weapons Department LCPO, based out of Sasebo, Japan. He deployed with LHD-6 in support of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE with the Australian Navy and Army, and Exercise SSANG YONG with the South Korean military. In 2018, LHD-6 executed a homeport shift to San Diego, CA. In 2020, he assisted with firefighting efforts against the fire that would eventually claim the ship.
In 2020, he reported to Transient Personnel Detachment, Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA, where he was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer. He served for two months as the base’s acting Command Master Chief and was then assigned temporary orders to Strike Fighter Squadron ONE TWO FIVE, as the “Rough Raider’s” acting Command Master Chief. He was selected for assignment as a Command Master Chief in March 2022, and is permanently assigned to the Rough Raiders
Master Chief Muravez’ personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), the Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various campaign and unit awards.
Last Updated: 8 February 2023