Command Master Chief
CMDCM (AW/SW/IW) Kenneth J. Nixon
Command Master Chief Kenneth J. Nixon entered the U.S. Navy through the Delayed Entry Program and arrived for basic training at Recruit Training Command in Orlando, Florida in December 1992. He began his career as an Undesignated Airman and completed Yeoman (YN) “A” School in 1993. In 2007 he attended YN "C" School in Meridian, Mississippi earning the flag writer navy enlisted classification (A15A).
Nixon has served in a myriad of sea duty assignments including multiple platforms. In 1993 he was detailed to the USS Dubuque (LPD 8) as an YN3. During this tour he was awarded USS Dubuque Junior Sailor of the Year and Commander, Amphibious Group 1 Junior Sailor of the Year. In 1995 he reported to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) where he served as the commanding officer’s secretary and was advanced to YN2. In 1997 he was assigned to Sea Control Squadron (VS) 41 as the commanding officer’s secretary and was advanced to YN1. In 2001 he accepted orders to Commander, Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 5, where he was selected as Senior Sailor of the Year.
Nixon has served in a multiple of staff duty assignments. In 2004 he had the distinct honor of serving as the Assistant Director for Congressional Matters for the 73rd Secretary of the Navy, where he was advanced in 2005 to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. In 2005 he accepted orders as flag writer to Commander, Naval District Washington. From July 2008 until March 2009 he served as the non-commissioned officer in charge for the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee for the 56th Presidential Inauguration. In 2009 he served as flag writer to Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, followed on by his next assignment in 2011 as flag writer to Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 while attached to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). In 2012 he served as flag writer to Commander, Navy Medicine National Capital Area and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center followed on as flag writer to Operations, Plans and Strategy (OPNAV N3/N5B) in 2013. In 2014 he served in his final staff duty assignment as flag writer and senior enlisted leader to Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet. Nixon recently served as command master chief, Navy Talent Acquisition Group Carolina in April 2017.
Nixon’s sea tours supported Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
He is a distinguished honor graduate for exceptional military excellence of the U.S. Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Academy, and the Command Master Chief and Chief of the Boat Capstone course (Class 168). He holds a Master's Degree from American Military University (Honor Graduate), Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina and Associate's Degree from American Military University (Honor Graduate).
Nixon has served on teams that have been recognized with numerous campaign awards and is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal (one award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards) and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (three awards). His qualifications include Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist.
Nixon assumed the duties and responsibilities as the command master chief of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 on March 31, 2021.