Command Master Chief
CMDCM (AW/SW/IW) Steven S. Lee
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Command Master Chief Steven S. Lee joined the Navy In November 1993, he reported to basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, and upon completion, he attended Aviation Machinist’s Mate “A” School in Millington, Tennessee and was designated an Aviation Machinist’s Mate.
In April 1994, he reported to Fighter Squadron (VF) 41, the “Black Aces” where he deployed onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and USS John F Kennedy (CV 67). During this tour, he advanced to Petty Officer Second Class.
In April 1998, he transferred to Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic, where he held the position of test cell operator. During his tour, he tested and evaluated numerous aircraft engines.
In April 2001, he reported to the VF-211, the “Checkmates”, as Power Plants leading petty officer, and deployed onboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as well as USS Enterprise (CVN 65). While assigned to the Checkmate’s, he earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualifications and advanced to Petty Officer First Class.
In December 2004, he reported to Naval Aviation Maintenance Training Group Detachment Oceana as a “C” school instructor for F-14 Power Plants and related systems. During this tour, he promoted to Chief Petty Officer. In January 2008, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, the “Knighthawks”, where he served as line division leading chief petty officer (LCPO) and maintenance control supervisor. During this tour, he once again deployed onboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
In October 2011, he reported to the VFA-106, the “Gladiators” and promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer while serving as maintenance control LCPO and senior enlisted advisor. In September 2014, he reported to the VFA-83, the “Rampagers”, where he served as maintenance control LCPO and deployed onboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). During this tour he was selected for the command senior chief program and served as VFA-83’s command senior chief. In January 2017, he reported as senior enlisted leader to FACSFAC VACAPES where he promoted to Command Master Chief in September 2017.
Lee reported to VFA-213, the “Blacklions”, in May 2018 and served as command master chief until March 2021. He currently serves as command master chief for Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15, the “Blackhawks”.
Lee’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (7 awards), and other various service and campaign medals. Additionally, he is a 2016 graduate of the Naval War College, Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 201).