On February 1, 2017 after 30 years and 25 days of of naval service, CTRCM(SW/IDW) Steven Chaney retired. His bio follows:
Master Chief Petty Officer Chaney was born at Mathers Air Force Base California. He graduated from Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona in 1985 and attended one year of college at Arizona State University. He enlisted in the Navy on October 1986 on a “dare” and departed for Boot Camp in Orlando, Florida in January 1987.
After attending CTR “A” (Manual Morse) and “C” (Direct Support) school in Pensacola, Florida he reported for Direct Support duty at Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Northwest, Virginia December 1987. Highlights include various deployments in the Caribbean and the North Atlantic on 12 different combatants.
He transferred to NSGA Edzell, Scotland for Analysis and Reporting duty in April 1991. While there he was selected to an E-5 watch supervisor and to be one of the first US Navy sailors to visit the German site at Flensburg for NATO Baltic Sea Exercises.
His next tour he reported for Instructor duty April 1994 at Naval Technical Training Center Detachment Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas for a Three year Analysis and Reporting tour and earned his Master Training Specialist.
He then reported to Navy Communications Telecommunications Station San Diego, California for duty at NSG Detachment Imperial Beach and the Cryptologic Readiness Group on 32nd Street in July 1997. Highlights include deploying to Commander Third Fleet on the USS Coronado for RIMPAC 98.
He reported aboard the Pre-commissioning Unit USS HOWARD (DDG-83) at Fleet Training Center San Diego in April 2000. Following three months of school at Naval Technical Training Center Pensacola, Florida he was initiated as a Chief Petty Officer.
In November 2000, he reported aboard the USS VALLEY FORGE (CG-50) as the SSES LCPO and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Qualification. He deployed with the USS CONSTELLATION Battle Group from October 2002 to June 2003 for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
In December 2003 he reported for duty to Commander THIRD Fleet San Diego, California as the Fleet Assistant Cryptologic Resource Coordinator. He was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2004.
In June 2007 MCPO Chaney departed for the Senior Enlisted Academy Newport, Road Island and is a member of class #132 Gray.
He arrived for the first of his two tours at NIOC Texas in San Antonio, Texas in July 2007 and served as the FIOC LCPO. In 2008 he was selected for Master Chief Petty Officer.
In 2010 Master Chief Chaney received the “One the Roof Gang Award” for Outstanding Navy Cryptologist and the COPERNICUS Award.
In June of 2010 he reported for duty at Naval Personnel Command Millington, Tennessee as the CTR TECHAD were he converted over 350 Sailors to the CTR Rating. He then returned to Texas as the FIOC LCPO October 2013.
Highlights of career include deployments to the Persian Gulf, Caribbean and to the North Atlantic and Eastern and Western Pacific. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Navy Commendation Medal (5) and Navy Achievement Medals (5), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (2), Overseas Service Award (2), Good Conduct Medal (4), Volunteer Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Sea Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary and a few others.
Master Chief Chaney is married to the former Rachel Hopkins of Arlington, Texas for the last 30 years. They have three children, Michael, Edward and Jennifer. He also has twin grand Daughters Sophia and Grace.
Congratulations Master Chief on a successful career!