Master Chief Petty Officer Cedric C. Rawlinson
Senior Enlisted Leader
Master Chief Cedric C. Rawlinson, a native of High Point, N.C., joined the United States Navy on December 8, 1992. After completing basic and follow-on seaman apprenticeship training at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Fla., he reported for duty onboard USS Shreveport (LPD 12) in deck division until February 1995. Following this tour, he cross-rated to Disbursing Clerk and served onboard USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) as a plank owner.
After his short stint as a Disbursing Clerk, Master Chief Rawlinson decided to cross rate to Cryptologic Technician - Collection (CTR) via the score program, and attended CTR “A” school at Naval Technical Training Center Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida, in 1997. Upon completion, he then reported to Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Yokosuka, Japan, where he was assigned as an analyst in the Signals Analysis Lab. After completing a two-year assignment in Yokosuka, in 2000 he reported to NSGA Rota, Spain to serve as a Submarine Direct Support Operator, where he completed four deployments.
Following this rigorous direct support tour, Master Chief Rawlinson reported to NSGA Bahrain in 2001 as Surface Division Leading Petty Officer and Direct Support Coordinator. Here he coordinated Cryptologic Direct Support Elements to various strike groups while also deploying to two subsurface vessels and one coalition combatant.
In May 2003, Master Chief Rawlinson reported back to Corry Station to serve as an Intermediate Communications Signal Analysis Course Instructor and Team Chief. Here is where he was selected to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Deciding to short tour to go back to sea, in 2005 he received orders to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in San Diego, California as Ship’s Signal Exploitation Space Lead Chief Petty Officer and Assistant Cryptologic Resource Coordinator. He led strike group cryptologic efforts during the ship’s maiden deployment and two subsequent deployments. During this tour he was selected to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.
After completing four years onboard Ronald Reagan, he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 143, Blue). In February 2009, he then reported to Center for Information Dominance Learning Site Jacksonville, Fla., and served as Chief Petty Officer in Charge, providing cryptologic training to 23 waterfront combatants based at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Here he was selected to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer in May 2011.
In August 2011, Master Chief Rawlinson reported to Navy Information Operations Command Yokosuka, Japan and served as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader until September 2013. He then reported to Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii to serve as N3 Operations Directorate Senior Enlisted Leader until September 2016. After this successful tour, he then reported to Millington, Tenn., assigned to Bureau of Naval Personnel 327 as Enlisted Community Manager and Technical Advisor for the CTR enlisted rating.
In August 2019, Master Chief Rawlinson assumed his current duties as command senior enlisted leader at Navy Information Operations Command Bahrain.
Master Chief Rawlinson’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six) and various other personal unit and service awards. He is qualified in Information, Surface and Aviation Warfare Specialist, as well as Submarines. He is also qualified as a Master Training Specialist and Afloat Training Specialist.