Command Master Chief
CMDCM Timothy D. Hardin
Command Master Chief Timothy D. Hardin enlisted in the U. S. Navy in May 1993 and completed basic training at Recruit Training, San Diego, CA. He then attended Mess Specialist “A” School in San Diego, CA.
Hardin first reported to USS Canopus (AS-34). In 1995, he rotated to the USS Gettysburg (CG-64) where he advanced to Petty Officer Third Class. He made three six month deployments onboard CG-64.
In 1998, he reported to Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL, where he was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class. Hardin’s next assignment in 2001 was Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron (VP) 16; and he advanced to Petty Officer First Class in 2004. He made four six month deployments while stationed at VP-16.
Hardin’s next assignment in 2007 took him to Navy Recruiting School in Pensacola, FL, and later to Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville as a Navy recruiter-in-charge when he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 2007. In 2010, he reported to USS De Wert (FFG-45) for duty and advanced to Senior Chief.
Hardin then reported to Recruit Training Center Great Lakes in 2013 as a recruit division commander and was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program. In 2015, he transferred to USS Sioux City (LCS-11) as the command senior chief and was later advanced to Command Master Chief. In June 2018, he transferred to VP-8 as the command master chief. Following that tour, he assumed the role of command master chief of Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 in April 2021.
Hardin is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA), Class 152 (Khaki) and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat course 10-130. His warfare qualifications include Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Surface Warfare Specialist, and he is also a designated Master Training Specialist.
Hardin’s achievements and decorations include a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Trident University International, a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University, and an Associate’s Degree from Florida Community College at Jacksonville. His awards are the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (8 awards), Good Conduct Medal (8 awards), and four Battle Efficiency Ribbons; as well as other unit and campaign awards.