U.S. 7th Fleet Staff Command Master Chief Matthew R. Lashley

Command Master Chief Matthew R. Lashley hails from Stockton, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1999. After completing Boot Camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois, he went on to graduate from Quartermaster “A” School in October 1999.

His first duty assignment was with USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan. His subsequent tours include: U.S. Seventh Fleet; USS John S. McCain (DDG 56); Recruit Training Command as a Recruit Division Commander; and USS McCampbell (DDG 85).

He was selected for Chief Petty Officer in 2008 and Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2012.

In March 2014, he reported to Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific. He was selected for Master Chief Petty Officer in 2016 and assumed the duties as the senior enlisted leader from October 2016 through May 2017.

He was selected for the Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Program in 2017.  His subsequent tours as CMDCM include USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Antietam (CG 54).

In August 2022, assumed the role and duties as U.S. Seventh Fleet Staff Command Master Chief.       

He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 178 “Blue”) and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 170).

Master Chief Lashley holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude).

His personal awards include: the Meritorious Service Medal (2); Navy Commendation Medal (3); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), and various other personal and unit awards. In addition, he is a recipient of the Peter Tomich Award for exceptional military excellence and a recipient of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Delbert D. Black Leadership Award.


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