Command Master Chief Eddie L. Knight enlisted in the Navy in June 1987. He completed basic training at Great Lakes, Ill., basic enlisted Aviation Machinist’s Mate “A” school in Millington, Tenn. and TF-34 Complete Engine Repair “C” school at Naval Air Station (NSA), North Island, Calif.
His sea duties include a deployment aboard USS Independence (CV 62) as a member of the Sea Operational Detachment from NAS Cecil Field, a combat cruise on USS Saratoga (CV 60) in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, a surge deployment aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in response to Sept. 11, 2001, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; an assignment aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5) as the AIMD's Departmental Leading Chief Petty Officer and interim Command Master Chief; and a Command Master Chief (CMC) tour aboard USS Dubuque (LPD 8).
His shore assignments include NAS Cecil Field’s Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Dept. (AIMD), NAS Sigonella, Sicily, where he was assigned to the T-56 engine repair work center and later the Test Cell, Naval Aviation Depot, Jacksonville as Leading Petty Officer for the TF-34 First Degree Complete Engine Repair work center, Military Liaison, AIMD Power Plants Production Control LPO, and Power Plants Quality Assurance Representative. He was also assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX 9), at China Lake, as the Maintenance Control Senior Chief Petty Officer and Quality Assurance Supervisor/Acting CMC and Naval Recruiting District, Miami CMC.
He is currently serving as the Staff CMC at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class #117), CMC/COB (Class #48) and The National Defense University's Keystone Joint Senior Enlisted Course.
His personal awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), Good Conduct Medals (six awards), and numerous other campaign service medals and ribbons.