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CMDCM (AW/SW/NAC)  Edward J. Hopper


Command Master Chief Edward Hopper enlisted in the Navy in July of 1996 and completed Basic Training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois. Following graduation, he reported to Aviation Electronics Technician "A" school at Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola, Florida. In 1998, he attended P-3 In-Flight Technician (IFT) training at Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, where he earned his naval aircrewman designation.
 

His first operational assignment was with VP-8. During this tour, he served as an IFT. In 2003, he earned his master training specialist qualification while assigned to VP-30 as and IFT Instructor and Fleet Naval Aviation Operation Standardization (NATOPS) evaluator. He then reported to VP-5 in 2004 where he served as a quality assurance representative, safe for flight controller and NATOPS instructor. In 2008 he was selected to Chief Petty Officer. He returned to VP-30 for a second IFT instructor tour in 2009 and volunteered as an individual augmentee to Iraq conducting civil affairs operations with the 422nd Battalion. In 2011, he reported to VP-4 and served as the operations department leading chief petty officer. In 2015, he transferred to Recruit Training Command where he served as a recruit division commander and departmental fleet leading chief petty officer.


He was selected for Command Master Chief in 2017 and served as the command master chief of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 through 2020. He currently serves as the command master chief of VP-30.

His personnel awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (eight awards), the Good conduct medal (seven awards) and the Volunteer Service Medal (two awards).

 

 

 
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