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Honoring Joseph Greenwell

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 Master Chief Joseph Robert Greenwell, Jr. graduated from Bullitt Central High School, Shepherdsville, Kentucky in June of 1976. After trying to major in Mathematics at University of Kentucky and working as an Ironworker prior to enlisting in the United States Navy on 16 August 1981 under the delayed entry program and entered Recruit training at RTC Great Lakes, Illinois on 11 January 1982.

After completing Recruit Training, he had follow-on training at CTT “A” School at Naval Technical Training Command (NTTC) Corry Station Pensacola, Florida. Unable to copy Morse Code, he was selected to attend CTO “A” School where he graduated with honors in October 1982. He was screened and selected to be one of the first CTO “A” School graduates to provide communications support Seal Team Operations and reported to Seal Team Six in November 1982. During this three year tour he obtained his civilian scuba diving, skydiving, defensive shooting and coxswain qualifications and deployed on multiple field training operations with the team.

He completed the Pilot Automated Telecommunications System Training for MUSIC system at NTTC Corry Station in March of 1986 with follow-on orders to Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Kamiseya, Japan where he served at the Northeast Asia Tactical Intelligence Communication Center (NEATICC) Watch Supervisor.

Master Chief reported back to NTTC Corry Station in April 1989 for TACINTEL training with follow-on orders to PRE-COM MONTEREY (CC-61). After her commissioning, he served onboard for four years as the Communications Leading Petty Officer, qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) and was selected for Chief Petty Officer in 1992.

In August 1993, Master Chief Greenwell reported to NSGA Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico, where he served as the Communications Chief, Top Secret Control Officer, COMSEC and STU-III Custodian. Being selected to be the Community Enlisted Detailer for the CTO rating, he reported to BUPERS Washington, DC in October 1996. With BUPERS moving to Tennessee, Master Chief served two years in DC and one year unaccompanied in Millington, Tennessee.

In September of 1999, Master Chief Greenwell reported to NSGA Pensacola, Florida for Network System Administration training at University of West Florida. In January, he reported to NTTC Corry Station for additional training in the Network Integration Cryptologic Communications Systems (NICCS) course.

In February of 2000 he joined the Consolidated Reconnaissance Operations Facility (CROF) Souda Bay, Crete onboard Naval Air Station Souda Bay, Crete, where he served as the Communications Chief and Operations Department Chief. During this period, his communications team provided support for 430 reconnaissance missions in support of Operations JOINT GUARDIAN and NORTHERN WATCH.

Returning back to Washington, DC, he reported onboard the Office of Naval Intelligence in May 2001 and served as the Program Manager for Manpower and Training for 36 SPINTCOMMS worldwide. After one year, he was selected to fill a vacant billet as the INTELCOM Leading Chief Petty Office (LCPO).

In June 2004, Master Chief reported to NSGA Fort Meade, Maryland where he served as the Program Manager for seven Cryptologic programs in Signal Intelligence, Morse Code, Information Security, Analysis & Reporting and Signals Analysis at the National Cryptologic Schools for the National Security Agency and Department (LCPO for the Information Assurance Department. His actions provided training to 4,500 joint military and civilian personnel annually.

In October 2007, he reported to Commander Second Fleet in Norfolk, Virginia for training and deployment to Djibouti, Africa to serve with the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa as the J6 Senior Enlisted Leader for 123 joint military personnel supporting communications requirements in nine African countries.

In April 2009, Master Chief reported to Naval Communications Security Material System (NCMS) command in Washington, DC to serve at the CMS Advice & Assist Technical Advisor and Command Master Chief for his last tour to complete his 30 year naval career.

In addition to various unit awards Master Chief Greenwell’s personal awards include, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars. He possesses an Associate Degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management and will soon finish is Bachelors of Science Degree in Project Management.

Master Chief Greenwell is married to the former Kathryn (Kathy) Buck of Weaton, Maryland. They have three children, Kris, Scott and Katy and two daughters-in-law, Dawn and Megan with two grandchildren, Beth and Nathan.