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Command Master Chief, United States Navy
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Master Chief Randy Swanson enlisted in the Navy in February 1997 and completed basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois and Dental Technician “A” School in San Diego, CA. He reported to his first command, USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) forward deployed in Sasebo, Japan.

Upon completion of his initial sea tour, he reported to Naval Dental Center, North East, Newport, Rhode Island and served as the Dental Fleet Liaison from 2000-2001. In November 2001, he reported to USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in Mayport, Florida, where he served as Dental Assistant Leading Petty Officer. In June 2004 he reported to Naval School of Health Sciences, San Diego, CA to complete Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) “C” School. Upon graduation he was selected to complete a pilot program to directly convert to Submarine Independent Duty Corpsman upon completion of Basic Submarine School and Submarine Alternative IDC School at Naval Undersea Medical Institute in Groton, CT. In January 2007 he reported to USS CHARLOTTE (SSN 766) Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he served as Independent Duty Corpsman. During his tour, he qualified Submarines and was selected as the 2009 Bureau Medicine and Surgery Submarine Independent Duty Corpsman of the Year. He was advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 2009. In July 2010 he reported to Naval Submarine Support Command, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and served as Medical Department LCPO and was selected advance to Senior Chief in 2012. Master Chief Swanson reported onboard USS FRANK CABLE (AS 40) forward deployed to Guam in February 2014. While onboard he served as the Health Services Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in May 2015. In January 2017 he reported to Naval Branch Health Clinic Portsmouth, New Hampshire and served as the clinic Senior Enlisted Leader. In January 2018, he transferred to Naval Health Clinic New England, Newport, Rhode Island where he served as the Command Master Chief until August 2019. Master Chief Swanson is currently the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and also serves as the Command Master Chief for Navy Medical Readiness Training Command, Bethesda, MD.

Master Chief Swanson is a graduate of Senior Enlisted Academy class 217 and has his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards) and other various unit and service campaign awards.
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