Command Master Chief
CMDCM Darrell L. Timpa
Command Master Chief Darrell Timpa is a native of Dallas, Texas. He graduated from high school and joined the Naval Reserve in 1988, graduating from Hospital Corps School, San Diego and serving with Fleet Hospital 500 Combat Zone 21 Detachment E until October 1991, when he joined the active duty forces.
His first assignment on active duty was at Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego, assigned to the anesthesia department until he attended Naval Aircrewman Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. He was designated a Naval Aircrewman in November 1993, and was assigned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, as an inflight medical technician.
Timpa’s next tours were at Naval Hospital Corpus Christi, Texas, as the inflight medical technician NATOPS standardization and leading petty officer (LPO) of the inflight medical technicians, emergency medical services, and education and training departments. He then transferred to the branch medical clinic aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, as the LPO of urgent care, immunizations clinic and inflight medical technicians assigned with and flying with Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron in support of deploying Marine Air Wings.
In March 2004, Timpa graduated from Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) School and was assigned to USS Vincennes (CG 49), as part of forward-deployed naval forces, Japan, until her decommissioning. He then cross-decked to USS Lassen (DDG 82) and served as executive department’s leading chief petty officer.
He was assigned to Commander, Amphibious Forces Seventh Fleet (ESG 7) in March 2007, where he served as the headquarters’ senior enlisted leader, senior inspector, and assistant plans operations military intelligence officer. In August 2009, he was assigned to Surface Warfare Medicine Institute as the program director for IDC School until April 2012 when he was selected for the Command Master Chief Program.
Timpa joined the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 as the command master chief in July 2012, completing a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and regional security operations onboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). After that, Timpa served as Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 command master chief from March 2015 to July 2017. He led the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) forward deployed naval forces team from September 2017 until March 2020, then transferred to and led the Commander Naval Forces Korea/Commander Navy Region Korea team from May 2020 to November 2022. He joined the Commander, Patrol Reconnaissance Group team in December 2022.
Timpa is a graduate of Naval Air Crewman Candidate School, Independent Duty Corpsman School, Senior Enlisted Academy, Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Leadership Course, Keystone at National Defense University, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Executive Leadership Symposium, and Naval Senior Leadership Symposium (NSLS) at Naval Post Graduate School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Trident University International. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and other various service awards.