Ho'okele Staff | Apr 23, 2011
Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii
Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC), Hawaii recently said goodbye to one of its former command master chiefs. Command Master
Chief (CMDCM) (SS) John D. Tyner passed away on March 31 after being involved in a fatal motorcycle accident on the H1 freeway. He was 49 years old.
The family held a memorial service on April 8 at Central Union Church in Honolulu.
Capt. Jeffrey Cole, commanding officer of NIOC Hawaii, said, “Command Master Chief John D. Tyner served the Navy honorably throughout his career, which culminated in a very successful tour as command master chief for 1,500 Sailors. He will truly be missed and our thoughts go out to his family.”
Photo courtesy of NIOC Hawaii
Tyner first joined the Navy in July 1978 after graduating with honors from Magnolia High School in Lumberton, N.C. and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Fla. His duty assignments included a tour aboard USS New Orleans, homeported at San Diego, Calif.; USS Nimitz, homeported at Norfolk, Va.; and recruiter duty in Raleigh, N.C.
Upon completion of recruiter duty, Tyner volunteered for submarine service and attended submarine school in New London, Conn. before reporting to Pearl Harbor for a tour aboard USS Los Angeles where he was promoted to the rank of chief petty officer.
From there, he transferred to USS San Francisco to serve as the leading chief of electronics, where he was promoted to senior chief petty officer. As a senior chief, Tyner went to Millington, Tenn. to work with the chief of naval technical training. He subsequently reported to the then new construction,
USS Greeneville in Norfolk. He then screened for the position of chief of the boat (COB) and attended the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy.
Tyner reported to USS Olympia in Pearl Harbor where he served as the COB. Upon completion of a western Pacific deployment aboard Olympia, Tyner was promoted to the rank of master chief petty officer and sent back to Raleigh, N.C. where he served as CMC for the Navy Recruiting District. After fulfilling his duties to the Recruiting District, Tyner was sent across the ocean to serve at Naval Security Group Activity, Misawa, Japan.
Eighteen months later, he found himself back in Hawaii where he served out the rest of his career as CMC of Navy Information
Operations Command Hawaii from 2004-2007. After completing this final tour, Tyner retired from the Navy and went to work at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.
Donations collected in Tyner’s memory will be given to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the American Heart Association. Tyner left behind a wife, Mary, and two children, Christopher and Malia.