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FORMC David C. Twiford

Force Master Chief, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR)

18 November 2020
Official Portrait of Master Chief David C. Twiford
Official Portrait of Force Master Chief David C. Twiford
Official Portrait of Master Chief David C. Twiford
Official Portrait of Force Master Chief David C. Twiford
Official Portrait of Master Chief David C. Twiford - Force Master Chief, Naval Information Forces
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A native of Norfolk, Virginia Master Chief Twiford graduated from Manchester High School in Chesterfield, Virginia in June 1995.  He enlisted in the United States Navy and reported to U.S Navy Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes, Illinois, following high school. Master Chief Twiford holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Excelsior College and is a graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA 141 Khaki), National Defense University’s Keystone course, and the Navy Post-Graduate School’s Senior Leader Seminar.
 
Master Chief Twiford attended Cryptologic Technician Collection (CTR) "A” and “C” schools in Pensacola, Florida before reporting to USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in Norfolk, Virginia in 1996. He reported to Pensacola, Florida for CTR "C" School in 1999 for more training. Upon graduation, he reported to Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Kunia, Hawaii, where he served as a direct support signals analyst and team LPO. While at Kunia, he deployed on six U.S. Pacific Fleet combatants, earning his Enlisted Submarine Warfare Specialist pin and advancing to First Class. In 2002, he was selected as NSGA Kunia’s Senior Sailor of the Year.
 
In March 2003, Master Chief Twiford transferred to RTC Great Lakes for duty as a recruit division commander (RDC). During his tour, he trained more than 700 recruits and was awarded the RDC Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2004, he was selected for Chief Petty Officer and served as a section Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) at Battle Stations, where he oversaw approximately 15,000 Sailors complete their rite of passage into the Navy. In November 2006, he arrived aboard USS San Jacinto (CG-56) and was selected for Senior Chief in May of 2007 and served as the Operations LCPO. He transferred to the Command Senior/Master Chief community in April 2009 and reported aboard USS Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts as her Command Senior Chief. He was selected for Master Chief in April 2010. During his tenure on Constitution, the ship earned her first Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) in 16 years and the fourth in her 213-year history. Additionally, the ship earned the Golden Anchor and Blue H for the first time in the ship’s history.
 
He subsequently served as Command Master Chief of U.S. Naval Activities Spain/Naval Station Rota, Spain, USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19), USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), and Region Command Master Chief for Navy Region Southeast. He most recently served as the Command Master Chief for RTC Great Lakes.
 
Along with multiple unit and campaign awards, Master Chief Twiford’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (four awards). He is qualified as an Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Submarine Warfare and is a designated Master Training Specialist.

In November 2020, Master Chief Twiford assumed his duties as the Force Master Chief for Naval Information Forces, Suffolk, Virginia.

 
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