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Force Master Chief
Force Master Chief
Command Master Chief Mark Brush
Command Master Chief, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85
27 October 2020
Master Chief Brush is a native of Pasadena, California. He is a 1990 graduate of Bishop Amat Memorial High School, and completed AMH “A” School in February 1992.
His served his first tour with the “Golden Hawks” of Strike Fighter Squadron 303, located in Lemoore, California. He earned designation as F/A-18A Plane Captain and Collateral Duty Inspector. He served with the Golden Hawks until CVW-30 disestablished in December 1994.
In January 1995, he transferred to Naval Air Reserve Center, Point Mugu, California, serving as Aviation Training Division Instructor. During this tour, he served a 24-month period with AIMD Airframes. He played a key role in preservation of Point Mugu missile history by refurbishing missile and target displays used during the Point Mugu 50th Anniversary Airshow.
In September 1998, Master Chief Brush requested flight orders to Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron FIVE (HCS-5), in Point Mugu, California. He graduated Aircrew Candidate School in September 1998, and Aviation Rescue Swimmer School in March 2000. During his tour with the “Firehawks”, he served as Maintenance Control Leading Petty Officer, Quality Assurance Leading Petty Officer, Command SAR Petty Officer, Squadron Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and Aerial Gunnery Instructor.
Master Chief Brush deployed with HCS-5 to Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait on 21 March 2003 during the opening stages of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He completed 101 combat missions as Crew Chief and door gunner in support of JSOAD-AP and SOF operations, earning seven Air Medals (two with Valor) and the Combat Action Ribbon.
In January 2007, he became a “Conquistador” with VR-57. He served as Division Leading Chief and qualified as a Transport Safety Specialist. After surviving a brief illness that ended his flight career, he assumed duties as Maintenance Leading Chief. He selected for advancement to Senior Chief in 2009, and served as Quality Assurance Senior Chief.
Master Chief Brush then transferred to the “Red Wolves” of HSC-84, in Norfolk, Virginia. In April 2011, he deployed to Balad, Iraq as Senior Enlisted Leader for HSC-84 DET 1, supporting CJSOAD operations. He selected for advancement to Master Chief in 2012 and assumed duties as Maintenance Master Chief. He applied for the Command Master Chief program in 2013, and received orders back to VR-57 to serve as Command Master Chief.
After a successful CMC tour at VR-57, he volunteered for orders to Commander, Maritime Support Wing to serve as the wing’s first Command Master Chief. During his tenure, CMSW completed their initial RESFOR IG inspection, receiving certification to perform CAV inspections.
He is a 2009 graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 150 Brown), and the Command Leadership School at Newport, Rhode Island.
HSC-85 Senior Enlisted Advisor