Force Master Chief Laura Nunley, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR)
Force Master Chief Laura Nunley
17 October 2022
A native of California, Command Master Chief Laura Nunley enlisted as a young mother and wife in May 1994. After completing Recruit Training in Orlando, Fla., she reported to the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Dam Neck, Va. for Intelligence Specialist “A” School. Her first duty station was Atlantic Intelligence Center in Norfolk, Va.
Master Chief Nunley's Intelligence Specialist career has included Mobile Integrated Command Facility Europe (MICFAC EUR) / Tactical Support Center Sigonnella, Italy; Naval Strike and Air Warfare Command, Fallon, Nev.; USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3); USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) San Diego, Calif.; Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TWO, Kaneohe, Hawaii; and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
While assigned to COMPATRECONWING TWO, Command Master Chief Nunley completed an eight-month Individual Augmentation to Camp Abu Naji in Al Amarah, Iraq. While at Camp Abu Naji, she was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for her extraordinary leadership as an Iraqi Military Training Team Advisor, establishing the standard for the future Iraqi Army Non-Commissioned Officer Corps.
In 2011, Master Chief Nunley was selected for Command Master Chief. In August 2011, she reported to the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy in El Paso, Texas. She graduated in the top ten percentile, landing her on the coveted Commandant’s List. She has served as Command Master Chief of USS Bainbridge (DDG-96), Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FIFTEEN (HM15), and USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Her shore commands include the Office of Naval Intelligence; Defense Intelligence Agency; Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy; and currently serves as the Force Master Chief for Naval Information Warfare.
Her academic achievements include a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies in Business and Management; Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education; United States Sergeants Major Academy (Class 62); CMDCM / COB Course; National Defense University Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course; Executive Leadership Symposium; and Navy Senior Leadership Seminar.
Military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three gold stars), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three gold stars), Joint Achievement Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four gold stars), and various unit and campaign awards.
In 2006, she was awarded the Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award for inspirational leadership. Additionally, she earned the Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist designators.