|Command Master Chief May enlisted in the Navy in August 1996 and subsequently graduated recruit training at Navy Basic Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, followed by completion of Machinist’s Mate “A” and “C” School in Groton, Connecticut.
He reported to his first duty station, PCU Louisiana (SSBN-743), in June 1997. While onboard, he conducted a change of home port to Kings Bay, Georgia, completed three Strategic Deterrent Patrols, and qualified in Submarine Warfare.
In July 2000, he transferred to USS Louisville (SSN-724), where he advanced to Second, then First Class Petty Officer. While onboard, he completed two Western Pacific deployments, while taking part in Fifth Fleet Combat Operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He then reported to USS Georgia (SSGN-729) in May 2007, as the Auxiliary Division Leading Petty Officer. During his tour, he completed the conversion of Georgia from a Ballistic Missile to Guided Missile submarine and was advanced to both Chief and Senior Chief Petty Officer.
His next sea assignment was onboard USS Florida (SSGN-728), as the Auxiliary Division Leading Chief Petty Officer. There, he completed three forward deployed mission cycles and qualified as Chief of the Boat.
In April 2018, he reported to USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730) as Chief of the Boat. He completed two Strategic Deterrent Patrols and was awarded the COMSUBRON 17 Battle Efficiency “E”. In July of 2019, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer.
His next assignment was onboard USS Ohio (SSGN-726) as Chief of the Boat. During his tour, he completed two forward deployed Western Pacific deployments, was awarded the COMSUBRON 19 Battel Efficiency “E”, and was selected for the Command Master Chief Program.
Command Master Chief May’s shore assignments include: Performance Monitoring Team, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, COMSUBGRU 10, Kings Bay, Georgia, and Navy Propulsion and Training Unit, Charleston, South Carolina.
He assumed his current position as Command Master Chief, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Bremerton in March 2022.
He has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal (5th Award), Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (5th Award) and numerous unit and service medals. He is most proud of the performance of the officers and crew onboard USS Henry M. Jackson and USS Ohio for their exceptional performance in earning the Battle Efficiency “E” award. He is qualified to wear Submarine Warfare and Navy Scuba Diver underwater insignia. He is a graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy and Chief of the Boat / Command Master Chief courses.