PHNSY command master chief retires

Command Master Chief James R. Schneider is piped ashore during his retirement ceremony at the USS Bowfin memorial in Pearl Harbor.
Photo by Amanda Urena

Blythe Goya

PHNSY & IMF Public Affairs

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) Command Master Chief (CMDCM) James Roger Schneider retired from the Navy after just under 29 years of dedicated service at a ceremony Sept. 21, at The USS Bowfin Memorial on Pearl Harbor.

Family members, friends and shipmates attended the ceremony to honor and bid fair winds and following seas to Schneider, whose naval career began December 1989.

Schneider, a native of Georgia, began his military career at Great Lakes, Illinois, in February 1990 and went on to Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut.

In 1990 Schneider reported aboard his first submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) in May 1990 where he completed a western Pacific deployment. He attended Auxiliary “C” school in Charleston, South Carolina, in November 1990.

During his next sea tour aboard USS Bremerton (SSN 698), while serving as the Diver Division and Auxiliary Division leading petty officer, he was advanced to the rank of chief petty officer.

During this tour, he completed three western Pacific deployments. His next sea duty assignment was aboard USS Key West (SSN 722) where he completed two western Pacific deployments and earned the Battle “E” for Submarine Squadron Three.

“We can’t do it alone. We need our shipmates and teamwork to survive in the harshest environment of the ocean,” Schneider said.

Schneider, a former Navy diver, submarine warfare certified and submarine specialist joined the crew serving as the chief of the boat of USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) from August 2009 to June 2012.

During his time onboard, the command completed its first-ever western Pacific deployment and earned the Battle “E” for Submarine Squadron Three for 2010 and the Deck Seamanship “D” for 2009 and 2010.

Selected for the Command Master Chief program in 2012 he completed a successful CMC tour onboard the USS Frank Cable (AS 40). During his tenure the ship earned the 2014 Battle “E” for Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Capt. Greg

D. Burton, the ceremony’s presiding officer, presented Schneider with the meritorious service medal for superior performance as PHNSY & IMF’s command master chief from July 2015 to September 2018.

Schneider also received a traditional shadow box filled with personal awards and military keep-sakes that will serve as a remembrance of his naval career, had a few words of encouragement and advice to pass onto the future leaders of the nation.

“Strive every day to do your best and be your best,” Schneider expressed.

Command Master Chief Armon Owens, raised in Atlanta, has now assumed the senior enlisted position from Schneider.

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