An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

An error has occurred. Error: PhotoDashboard is currently unavailable.

Command Master Chief Benjamin Cruz

Command Master Chief, USS Carter Hall (LSD 50)

27 July 2023

Master Chief Benjamin Cruz, a native of Chicago, Illinois, enlisted in the United States Navy in December of 2000.  Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois he reported to Naval Training Center Great Lakes where he completed Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) “A” School training. 

Upon graduation, he reported for duty onboard the USS SAMUEL ELLIOT MORRISON (FFG 13) homeported in Mayport, Florida and designated as an Engineering Department Maintenance Man.  His fleet assignments include the USS ESTOCIN (FFG 15), USS OBANNON (DD 987), USS FARRAGUT (DDG 99), Training School Command Great Lakes Illinois, USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64), and USS DEVASTATOR (MCM 6).

Master Chief Cruz most recently served as the Command Master Chief for the amazing “Salty Dogs” test squadron VX-23 Naval Test Wing Atlantic Patuxent River, Maryland. Additionally, Master Chief Cruz is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class 201 and has earned his Enlisted Aviation, Surface Warfare, and Master Training Specialist designations.  

His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (11 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.  |  |  Navy FOIA  |  DoD Accessibility/Section 508  |  No Fear Act  |  Open Government  |  Plain Writing Act  |  Veterans Crisis Line  |   VA Vet Center  |  FVAP  |   DoD Safe Helpline  |  Navy SAPR  |  NCIS Tips  |  Privacy Policy  |  Site Map  |  Contact US
Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet     |     7927 Ingersol Street, Suite 150     |     Norfolk, VA 23551-2487
Official U.S. Navy Website
Veteran's Crisis Line