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Command Master Chief Virginia L. Horton

A Native of Vacaville, CA, Command Master Chief Virginia L. Horton graduated from Will C. Wood High School and joined the U.S. Navy in September 1999.  Following Basic Training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, she graduated Aviation Boatswain Mate “A” School and received orders to Aircraft Firefighting School at Naval Air Station Lemoore.  In January 2002, she converted to the Master-at-Arms rate and subsequently received orders to Naval Station San Diego and served as a patrolman and a Command Investigator.
In June 2005, she reported to Naval Station Bahrain as a Water Survival Instructor and Coxswain Instructor.  In August 2007, she reported to Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron SIX/FOUR in Portsmouth, VA where she deployed to Arabian Gulf oil platforms in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  In September 2009, she reported to Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific, Bangor, WA as the Leading Chief Petty Officer of Alpha Company 2nd Platoon.  In November 2013, she reported to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton as the Security Department Head and Directorate of Administration Senior Enlisted Adviser.
In February 2016, she reported to Coastal Riverine Squadron ONE DET Guam as the Senior Enlisted Adviser and N7 Department Head.  There she selected into the Command Master/Senior Chief program.  In September 2018, she reported as the Command Senior Chief of Littoral Combat Ship, Crew 217 in San Diego where she commissioned the USS KANSAS CITY (LCS-22) and deployed onboard USS TULSA (LCS 16) to SEVENTH and THIRD Fleets. In July 2021, she reported as the Command Master Chief of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero, forward deployed out of Iwakuni, Japan where she deployed twice on board the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
In November 2023, she reported as the Command Master Chief of Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN and continues to proudly serve Sailors in this role today.
Her decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.  She is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy Class 213 (Grey) and the CMC/COB course.  Master Chief Horton proudly wears the Air Warfare, Surface Warfare, and Expeditionary Warfare devices, in addition to the Nuclear Weapons Specialist and Small Boat Craft insignias.  Her personal awards include selection as the VCNO Sailor of the Year, the Master Chief Anna Der-Vartanian Leadership award, the Allen G. Odgen award, and the George H.W. Bush Daily Points of Light Awards.

Last Updated: 15 February 2024

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