ABOARD USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Master Chief (SW/AW) Steve Markum relieved Master Chief (SW/AW) Michael Driscoll as USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) command master chief (CMC) in an exchange of office/reenlistment ceremony held Friday in the carrier’s hangar bay.
Driscoll, who had served as "HST’s" CMC since October, 1999, said his fondest memories of his time onboard would be of the crew. “What I’ve enjoyed most about my time here is the Sailors,” he said. “Everything that we’ve done is through the efforts of the Sailors. We’ve come together as a team.”
Driscoll, whose 30 years of service have included stints as a recruit company commander and various tours as a command master chief, will assume the duties of Command Master Chief, Naval Forces Japan.
The former Boiler Technician from Queens, N.Y., led HST through its maiden deployment and inaugural Planned In-service Availability and has hopes that Friday’s reenlistment will not be his last. “I want to continue to do my job, to work with Sailors,” said Driscoll. “Hopefully, I’ll never have to retire.”
Driscoll has completed 14 major deployments and has earned, in addition to numerous other awards, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
Markum, who reenlisted alongside Driscoll before taking on the duties of HST command master chief, is no stranger to the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. As Carrier Air Wing 3’s command master chief, Markum also made HST’s maiden deployment.
A native of Norfolk, N.Y., Markum is a former Hull Technician who has more than 22 years of service. During his time in the Navy, Markum has earned three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, five Good Conduct Medals and several unit and campaign awards.
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