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CMDCM (AW/SW) Ryan T. Wagner


Master Chief Ryan Wagner is a native of Loogootee, Indiana and enlisted in the United States Navy in June 1993.  He completed Recruit Training and Fire Controlman Class “A” School at Great Lakes, Illinois followed by SPY-1A Radar, Class “C” School at Aegis Training and Readiness Center, Dahlgren, Virginia. 

In July 1995, he reported aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG-57), home ported in San Diego, California where he served as an Aegis Radar Technician and completed two six month deployments to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf in support of USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). 

In September 2000, he reported as an AN/SPY-1 RADAR instructor to Aegis Training and Readiness Center, Dahlgren, Virginia.  During his tour he trained hundreds of students on the operation and maintenance of the SPY-1A/B RADAR and earned his Master Training Specialist qualification and was selected for Chief Petty Officer.

In November 2003, he reported to USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) where he served as Combat Systems Department leading chief petty officer and Combat Systems Maintenance manager and completed two deployments to the Arabian Gulf in support of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Carrier Strike Group and was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer.   
Wagner reported to Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) in Norfolk, Virginia in July 2007 and managed maintenance funding for DDG-51 and CG-47 Class ships and oversaw underwater hull cleanings for ships homeported in Norfolk. Following his promotion to Master Chief Petty Officer, he then served as the command senior enlisted leader and was selected for the command master chief program.

Following completion of the Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief courses in Newport, Rhode Island, Wagner reported in November 2010 to USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.  While onboard, he completed a 10 month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Horn of Africa with embarked components of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of USS Battan (LHD-5) Amphibious Ready Group.

In October 2013, he reported for duties as command master chief of Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 120 in Norfolk, Virginia.  During his tour, the squadron qualified hundreds of fleet pilots, naval flight officers and enlisted air crewmen and transitioned three fleet squadrons to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.

In September 2016, Wagner assumed duties as the command master chief of Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing in Point Mugu, California.  During this tour he provided leadership to the Navy’s 13 E-2C/D and C-2A squadrons and was involved in the initial phases of the Navy’s transition to the CMV-22 Osprey and introduction of the MQ-25 Stingray.

Wagner then reported to Point Mugu based Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 117 in May 2019.  While attached, he led the squadron through transition to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and all work-ups in preparation for deployment with components of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).

Wagner holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technical Studies from Excelsior College.  His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various unit and campaign awards. 

 
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