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Old 11 February 2019, 20:20
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Force Master Chief Named CENTCOM Leader

Jamie is a close friend of mine. I worked with and for him at different stages of my career.

https://www.executivegov.com/2019/02...entcom-leader/

James Herdel, Force Master Chief of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, has been assigned to serve as the U.S. Central Command's senior enlisted leader. He succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. William Thetford of the U.S. Army, and will perform the duties from MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, the Department of Defense said Friday.

In 1989, Herdel joined the U.S. Navy and took part in multiple explosive ordnance disposal operations. The naval leader held a number of Master Chief roles during his career, having served that function for EOD Mobile Unit 2 and Expeditionary Warfighting Development Center.
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Old 11 February 2019, 23:47
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Very cool. His write up says he was the first Navy EOD guy to be a permanent member of the staff at Yuma. I thought Leon Ford predated that but I guess Leon was only a guest instructor. I know he jumped there frequently.

Great to see an EOD tech having career success like that.

You have to wonder how many hands in pockets will be going on at that command.
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I think you're right on Leon. I think we were sending out instructors to get billets. Jamie went there from running the program at TEUTWO.
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