Command master Chief
CMDCM Ernest Ridder
Command Master Chief Ernest Ridder enlisted in the Navy in May 1991, and attended boot camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL. He reported to Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center out of Springfield, MO after completing Engineman 'A' School at Naval Training Command Great Lakes, IL under the Sea and Air Mariner program.
October 1995, Ridder entered the Training and Administration of Reservist program and reported to the USS Pioneer (MCM-9) in Ingleside, TX. After only three months onboard, the crew took over the USS Sentry (MCM-3).
October 1999, Ridder reported to Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Buffalo, NY where he served as the department head for Assault Craft Unit 2 (LCU-1680).
August 2002, Ridder reported to Ships Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) in Ingleside, TX where he worked in the engine shop. After only two months onboard SIMA, he volunteered to return to sea duty onboard the USS Sentry (MCM-3) as the main propulsion assistant (MPA). He was promoted to Engineman Chief Petty Officer in 2004.
October 2004, Ridder reported to Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Minneapolis, MN and served as the manpower and mobilization officer.
November 2006, he reported to the USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60) out of Everett, WA where he served as the Leading Chief Petty Officer for the auxiliary and electrical division's. Due to a humanitarian assignment he was then transferred to Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare-101 (MIUW-101) in Everett, WA as the officer in charge (OIC). After serving twelve months under the HUMS program, Ridder then transferred back to the USS Rodney M. Davis to fulfill the rest of his sea duty requirement.
July 2010, Ridder reported to Navy Operational Support Center Greenville, SC as the command senior enlisted leader (SEL). He accepted orders to Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFOR) in Norfolk, VA as the senior enlisted leader for N7.
Ridder served as the SEL from March 2012 to June 2013. Program manager of five reserve intermediate maintenance activities (RIMA) and 5 maritime prepositioning force utility boats (MPFUB) from June 2013 to May 2014. Ridder returned to shore duty as the 3MC and SEL at Navy Cargo Handling Battalion-5 (NCHB-5) at Join Base-Lewis McChord (JBLM) in Tacoma, WA.
After graduating CMC/COB in December 2016, he took over as the command senior chief (CMDCS) at Executive Transport Detachment (ETD) Sigonella, Sicily for 6th Fleet from January 2017 to November 2018. Transferring 3 months early from ETD, Ridder accepted orders to fill a critically gapped billet as the CMDCS at Navy Operational Support Center Alameda, CA. from November 2018 to October 2020.
Upon a successful tour at NOSC Alameda and advancing to Master Chief, he accepted orders as the CMDCM to the world famous Jaguars of HSM-60.
Graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy Group BC48 and the CMC/COB course class 165.
Ridder's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Commendation Medal (eight awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (seven awards), Volunteer Service Medal, and numerous campaign and unit awards.