Master Chief Robert J. Picchi

Command Master Chief, Naval Information Warfare Training Group (NIWTG) Gulfport

22 September 2020 Master Chief Robert J. Picchi enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 23, 1993, at Military Entrance Processing Station (IMEPS) Philadelphia. He completed boot camp at Recruit Training Command (Great Lakes).

After completion of Aerographer’s Mate (AG) "A" School, he reported aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) homeported in San Diego., where he earned both the Enlisted Aviation and Surface Warfare Specialist qualifications. He also deployed with USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS Coronado (AGF 11) to provide support for the tactical environmental support system.

Following his initial sea tour, he attended AG "C" school in Biloxi, Mississippi. After graduation, he was assigned to the Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center/Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as a forecast duty officer. During this tour he qualified as an Optimum Track Ship Routing (OTSR) duty officer and in June 1998, was advanced to 1st class petty officer. The command successfully transferred OTSR responsibility for the eastern Pacific to San Diego.

He was promoted to the rank of chief petty officer in September 2001, while assigned to the National/Naval Ice Center in Suitland, Maryland. He served initially as an ice analyst and forecaster, then eventually taking over as the ice products branch leading chief petty officer. The command in cooperation with the Canadian Ice Center developed one of the first computer-based training projects for ice analysis.

Between June 2002 and June 2005, Master Chief Picchi served as a Mobile Environmental Team chief petty officer and Special Operations Command Pacific liaison at Mobile Environmental Team, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He also served as the joint METOC officer and Joint Operations Center non-commissioned officer (NCO) for Joint Task Force (JTF) 510 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines.

In July 2005, he reported the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (NATTU) Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi., as an instructor supervisor. Eventually, he would become the METOC department head for AG "A", AG "C" and METEM schools. During this tour he earned his Master Training Specialist qualification and in June 2007 was promoted to the rank of senior chief petty officer.

He was subsequently assigned to Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Center, Coronado, California, as the command senior chief from August 2007 to December 2008. Next he was selected to be the aerographer’s mate detailer at Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee, where he was promoted to the rank of master chief petty officer in 2011.

Upon completion of the detailing tour, Master Chief Picchi was assigned to BUPERS-32 as the enlisted community manager for aerographer’s mates, aviation boatswain’s mates and command master chiefs. Upon completion of his tours in Millington, Master Chief Picchi was selected and served as the command master chief for Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC) from 2015 to 2018.  

Master Chief Picchi reported to the Information Warfare Training Group (NIWTG) Gulfport as the command master chief in 2018.

Master Chief Picchi is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and numerous campaign ribbons and unit awards.
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