Master Chief (AW/SW) Melissa D. Ochoa
Command Master Chief Melissa D. Ochoa, an Alabama native, enlisted in the Navy in May 1990. After an extended break in service where she worked as a Paramedic, she rejoined the Navy in 2001 during the “911 Call for Troops”.
Her duty assignments include: Student, Naval School of Health Sciences , Hospital Corpsman ”A” School, Great Lakes, IL; Student, Field Medical Service School, Camp LeJeune, NC; Labor and Delivery Corpsman, Naval Air Station, Millington, TN; Department of Defense/Homeland Security Emergency Medicine Programs Coordinator/Lead Instructor, Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, IL; Casualty Evacuation Corpsman, HMM-268, MAG-39, 3D Marine Air Wing, Camp Pendleton, CA; hand selected as the Executive Assistant to the Command Master Chief, United States Marine Corps Forces Central Command and I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA; appointed to her next assignment as the first enlisted assistant Medical Planner and Health Service Support Administrative Leading Petty Officer to United States Marine Corps Forces Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL; Director for Clinical Support Services Leading Chief Petty Officer, U. S. Naval Hospital Sigonella, Sicily, Italy. Leading Chief Petty Officer, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines; Leading Chief Petty Officer, 3rd Combat Engineering Battalion; Navy Personnel Chief, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. Senior Enlisted Leader, Naval Branch Health Clinic, Mid-South, Millington, Tennessee where she was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program. She served as the Command Senior Chief, Honolulu Military Entrance Processing Station; Command Master Chief, Strike Fighter Squadron ONE NINE FIVE, Iwakuni, Japan and currently, CMDCM Ochoa is serving as Command Master Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.
She is Fleet Marine Force and Aviation warfare qualified and has earned her Combat Air Crew with three gold stars while serving as a Casualty Evacuation Corpsman during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2-2, Al Taqqaddum, Iraq from August 2004 to January 2005.
Her awards include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with four strike flights, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal(four awards); Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a Combat Valor distinction (eight awards); and various unit and campaign awards.