VAQ-129 Command Master Chief



Master Chief Consford reported for active duty on 13 July 1993 to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois for basic training. He graduated Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Fire Control Technician "A" and "C" School in March of 1995. Master Chief Consford reported to his first duty station USS PENNSYLVANIA (SSBN 735 BLUE) home ported in Kings Bay, Georgia in March of 1995. During his tour he earned his Submarine Dolphins, was promoted through Petty Officer Second Class and completed seven Strategic Deterrent patrols.

In February of 1999 he reported to Naval Submarine School in Groton Connecticut where he earned his Master Training Specialist and was promoted to Petty Officer First Class. In March of 2002, he transferred back to Kings Bay Georgia and was assigned to USS NEBRASKA (SSBN 739 GOLD). Shortly after reporting he was selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer and completed two Strategic Deterrent patrols.

He reported in December of 2003 to the USS CHEYENNE (SSN 773) home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While on CHEYENNE he completed two western Pacific deployments and two eastern pacific deployments. While attached, CHEYENNE was awarded the 2003 Arleigh Burke fleet trophy and the 2005 and 2007 Submarine Squadron SEVEN Battle Efficiency Award.

March of 2008 he was selected to serve on the staff of Submarine Squadron, SEVEN as the Tactical Assistant. During this tour he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and completed his qualifications as Chief of the Boat. After graduating from the Command Leadership School and the Senior Enlisted Academy, he reported to the USS NORTH CAROLINA (SSN 777) for duty as Chief of the Boat in June of 2010. During his tour as Chief of the Boat, NORTH CAROLINA conducted an inter fleet transfer from Groton, CT to Pearl Harbor, HI, made the ship's maiden Western Pacific Deployment earning a Meritorious Unit Citation and he was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer.

After completion of his Chief of the Boat tour, Master Chief Consford was assigned as the Staff Command Master Chief at Commander, Submarine Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet in June of 2013 after which he served as Command Master Chief of the "Gray Wolves" of VAQ 142 in January of 2015 earning his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist. He assumed the duties as Command Master Chief of the VAQ 129 "Vikings" in June 2017. Master Chief Consford's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and various unit and campaign awards.