Retirement Ceremony Command Master Chief Gregg Weber
05 December, 2014 Jacobâ€™s Theatre, Fort Eustis
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ARRIVAL OF OFFICIAL PARTY PARADE THE COLORS NATIONAL ANTHEM BMCM Charles Howard
CDR Maurice Bufford
REMARKS BY GUEST SPEAKER CAPT Corey W. Ray
AWARD PRESENTATION Flag Ceremony “Old Glory” “The Watch” “Retired Chief Creed” Benediction
CDR Carl Koch
CAPTAIN COREY W. RAY UNITED STATES NAVY Captain Corey Ray graduated from Walla Walla College in 1991 receiving a B. Sc in Engineering. Following graduation he received his commission through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1991. After commissioning, he completed flight school at NAS Pensacola, FL and Mather AFB, CA and was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in 1992. Upon completion of initial P-3 FRS training at Patrol Squadron 31 (VP-31) at NAS Moffett Field, he reported to the Golden Swordsmen of VP-47 for his initial fleet tour. During this tour, VP-47 transitioned to NAS Barbers Point, HI where he qualified as a P-3 Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Instructor TACCO, and Mission Commander. He completed deployments to Adak, Diego Garcia/ Persian Gulf, and WESTPAC. Following his first fleet assignment in 1996, Captain Ray reported to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, FL to serve as an FRS Instructor TACCO. While at VP-30, he established the fleet training curriculum for the Stand-off Land Attack Missile (SLAM). During his last year at VP-30, he moved to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon, NV to establish the P-3 Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course. While serving at NSAWC, he deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily to support the P-3’s first employment of the SLAM missile in OPERATION ALLIED FORCE. Subsequent sea tours include service aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN69) in Norfolk, VA where he served as the Operations Admin Officer and qualified as a Tactical Action Officer (TAO). After completing his ship tour in 2001, he reported to the Wizards of Special Projects Patrol Squadron TWO (VPU-2). Immediately following the terrorist attacks on 9/11, he deployed in support of the opening strikes of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. On his final deployment while in VPU-2, he deployed to support the opening strikes of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Reporting again to VP-47 in 2003 for his Department Head tour, he served as Maintenance Officer, Tactics Officer and OfficerIn-Charge (OIC) of the first P-3 detachment to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and CJTF-76. Command tours include VPU-2 from May 2010 to April 2011. During this period, the Wizards supported sustained combat operations from forward operating bases in Afghanistan and Horn of Africa and were awarded the 2010 COMNAVAIRFOR Battle “E.” He commanded CPRW-57/CTF-57 from Nov, 2013 to Nov 2014 where he squadrons supported OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE. Staff tours assignments include, OPNAV Staff in Washington, DC in the N3 Global Force Management directorate, Joint Chiefs of Staff in the J6 Communications requirements division, and CTF-72 in Misawa, Japan where he served as the N3. Captain Ray is currently assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (one individual action with combat distinguishing device and 4 strike/ flight), Navy Commendation Medals (2 with combat distinguishing device), and various campaign and unit awards. He is married to Cheryl Ray of Hayward, California. They have one son, Cameron.
Command History CMDCM GREGG WEBER 22 January, 1985 – 5 December, 2014
RECRUIT TRAINING COMMAND GREAT LAKES, IL. Jan 1985 – Mar 1985 NAVAL SUBMARINE SCHOOL, GROTON CT. Mar 1985 – May 1985 USS BATON ROUGE (SSN 689) May 1985 – Jan 1988 USS GATO (SSN 615) Jan 1988 – May 1990 PMO DET GROTON Jun 1990 – May 1993 USS SANTA FE (SSN 763) May 1993 – Apr 1997 USS PARCHE (SSN 683) May 1997 – Mar 1998 NAVAL SUBMARINE SCHOOL GROTON, CT Mar 1998 – Jul 2001 USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730) Aug 2001 – Jul 2004 COMSUBPAC Aug 2004 – Feb 2006 JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM Feb 2011 – Apr 2012 USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) May 2012 – Dec 2014
COMMAND MASTER CHIEF GREGG WEBER UNITED STATES NAVY CMDCM (AW/SW/IDW/SS) Gregg Weber was born and raised in Oakdale NY; Master Chief Weber enlisted in the Navy in January 1985. After completing Recruit Training in Great Lakes Ill, and Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton CT, he reported to the USS BATON ROUGE (SSN 689) in Norfolk VA. Other sea duty assignments include the USS GATO (SSN 615), USS SANTA FE (SSN 763), where he advanced to Chief Petty Officer, and USS PARCHE (SSN 683). His shore duty assignments include PMOLANTSSNSUPPDET New London CT, and Naval Submarine School, Groton CT. Upon completion of his shore tour at Naval Submarine School, he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy Class 97 (Blue) prior to reporting to USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730) (Gold) as Chief of the Boat. Master Chief Weber then reported to COMSUBPAC Staff, serving on the Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) Team. Selected for Command Master Chief in January 2006, Master Chief Weber assumed the duties as NSSC Pearl Harbor Command Master Chief in March 2006. In April 2009, Master Chief Weber reported to the Wizards of VPU-2 as Command Master Chief. Master Chief Weber relieved as Command Master Chief of JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM in March 2011. Master Chief Weberâ€™s personal awards include the Enlisted Submarine Insignia, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Insignia, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Insignia, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (five awards). Master Chief Weber is currently serving as Command Master Chief onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in Newport News, VA. He is married to Karen Lynn Mcdowell and they have two children, Michael and Melissa. They reside in Suffolk Va.
The Gold Fouled Anchor The Fouled Anchor is the emblem of the Rate of Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy. Attached to the Anchor is a length of chain and the letters U.S.N. To the novice, the anchor, chain and letters only identify a Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy, but, to a Chief, these have a more noble and glorious meaning. The “U” stands for Unity, which reminds us of cooperation, maintaining harmony and continuity of purpose and action. The “S”stands for Service, which reminds us of service to our God, our fellow man and our Navy. The “N” stands for Navigation, which reminds us to keep ourselves on a true course so that we may walk upright before God and man in our transactions with all mankind, but especially with our fellow Chiefs. The Chain is symbolic of flexibility and reminds us of the chain of life that we forge day by day, link by link and may it be forged with Honor, Morality and Virtue. The Anchor is emblematic of the hope and glory of the fulfillment of all God’s promises to our souls. The golden or precious Anchor by which we must be kept steadfast in faith and encouraged to abide in our proper station amidst the storm of temptation, affliction and persecution.
The Watch For thirty years
This sailor has stood the watch While some of us were in our bunks at night This sailor stood the watch While some of us were in school learning our trade This shipmate stood the watch Yes... even before some of us were born into this world This shipmate stood the watch In those years when the storm clouds of war were seen brewing on the horizon of history This shipmate stood the watch Many times he would cast an eye ashore and see his family standing there Needing his guidance and help Needing that hand to hold during those hard times But he still stood the watch He stood the watch for twenty years He stood the watch so that we, our families and Our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly in safety, Each and every night Knowing that a Sailor stood the watch Today we are here to say “Shipmate... the watch stands relieved Relieved by those You have trained, Guided, and Led Shipmate you stand relieved. We have the watch...” “Boatswain...Standby to pipe the side...Shipmate’s going Ashore.”
The Chief Petty Officer Retirement Creed You have on this day, experienced that which comes to all of us who serve on active duty in "OUR NAVY." I say "OUR NAVY," because your departure from active duty in no way terminates your relationship. By law and tradition, U.S. Navy Retirees are always on the rolls ever ready to lend their service when the need arises. The respect that you earned as "The Chief" was based on the same attributes that you will now carry into retirement. You should have no regrets. Do not view your retirement as an end of an era but rather as orders to a new and challenging assignment, to a form of independent duty. Remember well that you have been, and will always be, an accepted member of the most exclusive of all fraternities - that of the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers. The active duty Chiefs salute you. Your retired Chiefs welcome you. I wish you the traditional: "Fair Winds and Following Seas."
“THE NAVY WIFE” I wear no uniforms, no blues or Navy greens But I am in the Navy in the ranks rarely seen I have no rank upon my shoulders - salutes I do not give But the military world is the place where I live I’m not in the chain of command, orders I do not get But my husband is the one who does, this I can not forget I’m not the one who fires the weapon, who puts my life on the line But my job is just as tough. I’m the one that’s left behind My husband is a patriot, a brave and prideful man And the call to serve his country not all can understand Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free My husband makes the sacrifice, but so do our kids and me I love the man I married, Military is his life But I stand among the silent ranks known as the Navy Wife
Thanks for everything CMC!