Before Master Chief Port was a Force Master Chief (FORCM), he served as a Cryptologic Technician – Interpretive (CTI) for most his 30 years in the Navy.
He attended the Defense Language Institute (DLI), Monterey, California, for Russian language training. His operational assignments included service with Naval Security Group Detachment, Brunswick, Maine. He accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours, 600 of which were combat flight hours in support of Operation Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Provide Hope and Continue Hope. FORCM Port also served with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, in Washington, D.C., and with Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Port is a plank owner for USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) where he served as the command master chief.
Aside from being a two-time FORCM-once at the Navy Personnel Command/Bureau of Naval Personnel (NPC), Millington, Tennessee, and the other Naval Education Training Center (NETC) –this wasn’t the first time Master Chief Port had been a leader in the NETC domain. He served as the senior enlisted advisor to the NETC chief operating officer, and command master chief to NETC’s Learning and Development Division in Norfolk, Virginia.
At the top of his list of accomplishments at NETC, Master Chief Port coordinated the first round-table between education and training senior enlisted leaders across joint services, the resurgence of the Enlisted Board of Advisors focus on the Recruit Training Command.
FORCM Port officially retired from the Navy in a ceremony on April 1, 2016 at the National Museum of Naval Aviation on board Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Rest in Peace Master Chief Port!