Master Chief Michael J. Oldknow was the 11th and last Force Master Chief for the Naval Security Group.  His biography follows:


Master Chief Oldknow was born on March 3, and is a native of Sante Fe, New Mexico. He enlisted in the Navy on May, 14 1979. Upon completion of Recruit Training at RTC Orlando, Florida, he transferred to NTTC Pensacola, Florida for Electronic Warfare “A” and “C” school and was promoted to the rank of Third Class Petty Officer.

After graduation, he received orders to USS LUCE (DDG 38), homeported in Mayport, Florida. Other sea assignments include Pre-Commission Unit/USS MONTEREY (CG 61) as Leading Chief Petty Officer for the Electronic Warfare Work Center and as the Operations LCPO aboard USS RANIER (AOE 7).

Shore duty assignments have included Fleet Training Center, Mayport, Florida; as an instructor at the Electronics Technical Representative for MOTU-10 in Charleston, South Carolina; and as Requirements Officer at OPNAV (Surface Warfare) Washington, D.C. While stationed at OPNAV, Master Chief Oldknow applied to and was accepted into the Command Master Chief (CMC) Program.

After serving an 11 month tour as OPNAV CMC, he transferred to USS SEATTLE (AOE 3), attending the Senior Enlisted Academy en route. During his tour on USS SEATTLE, he applied for the CNO directed CMC position at Command Military Sealift Command (MSC) and was selected for the position. He reported for duty April 2001. After a successful tour at MSC, Master Chief Oldknow reported to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) for duty as CMC in February 2003.

Master Chief Oldknow was selected as the CNO directed CMC position at Headquarters, Naval Security Group Command in Fort Meade, Maryland. He served in that capacity from July 20, 2004 until July 1, 2006

Upon decommissioning of CNSG, Commander Naval Security Group requested Master Chief Oldknow take orders to Navy Information Operations Detachment, Brunswick, Maine, formally NSGD Brunswick, as Officer-in-Charge to the study the feasibility of replacing the office of Officer-in-Charge with senior enlisted.

Source: NCVA/Echoes of our Past