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Command Master Chief Thomas Mace hails from Cocoa Beach, FL. He enlisted in the Navy in 1999 and reported to basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, IL.
At sea, Master Chief Mace’s assignments included PATROL SQUADRON SIXTEEN (VP-16) as Work Center Supervisor and MARITIME EXPEDITIONARY SECURITY DETACHMENT 823 (MESD 823) as the Training Chief and Senior Enlisted Leader. He then served as the Headquarters Senior Enlisted Leader aboard COASTAL RIVERINE SQUADRON TEN (CRS 10) and Command Master Chief of Pre-Commissioning Unit DANIEL INOUYE (DDG 118). He is currently assigned as the Command Master Chief of USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7).
His shore assignments include MARINE HEAVY HELICOPTER TRAINING SQUADRON 302 (HMT-302) as an aircraft mechanic, Naval Security Force Bahrain as a Tactical Supervisor, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL where he served as the Security Department Leading Petty Officer and as the Command Investigator, Command Senior Chief of the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Columbus, OH, and as the Command Master Chief of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign, service and unit awards.
Master Chief Mace graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College with an Associates of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Management from Franklin University. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy Class 181 Brown, and the CMC/COB course.