Master Chief Petty Officer Jason DeGraaf, a Vermont native, graduated from Great Lakes Recruit Training Command in 1999. He attended Mess Management “A” school in San Antonio, Texas, where he received the Accelerated Petty Officer Award. After MS “A” school he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS), where he received distinguished graduate honors and the William H. Purdam Award for Leadership. Upon graduation he received orders to the USS Honolulu (SSN 718) stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hi.
From October, 1999 to November, 2004, he served on board the Honolulu, as a member of the Food Service and Dive Division. In addition to earning his Dolphins, he also completed US Navy Dive School.
Following his Sea Tour, he was selected to serve as the Enlisted Aide to Commander of the Submarine Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC). Shortly into his tour he was selected to serve as an Enlisted Aide the Vice President of the United States, the Honorable Mr. Richard B. Cheney.
Master Chief’s most recent Sea Tour was onboard USS Shoup (DDG 86), where he served as the Supply Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and also as the Command Master Chief. Upon completion of his tour, he was selected to serve as the Senior Enlisted Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John M. Richardson.
Following his tour with the Chief of Naval Operations, Master Chief was selected to serve as the Senior Enlisted Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Sean S. Buck.
Master Chief is a 2005 graduate of Starkey International Institute for Estate Management. He is a Certified Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) Manager, Master Certified Food Executive, Certified Professional Food Manager and holds an Associate’s Degree in Hospitality (with Honors) from American Military University. He is a Senior Enlisted Academy Alumni (Class 198 Gold) and Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership Associate Fellow. He holds certifications as a CrossFit Level II and Kids Trainer and Bronze-Level Coach through USA Wrestling. Most recently he is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
Master Chief’s personal awards include: The Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (4). He has been a part of teams that have earned: The Battle Efficiency Award (2), National Unit Citation (2) and the Meritorious Unit Citation (3).
Master Chief, is married to the former Ruth King, of Franklin, N.C. They have three children, Ella (13), Patrick (11) and Audyn (11).