CMDCS Michael Vira

Command Senior Chief, USS Dextrous (MCM 13)

24 November 2020
Studio portrait of CMDCS Michael Vira.
CMDCS Michael Vira
Studio portrait of CMDCS Michael Vira.
CMDCS Michael Vira
Studio portrait of CMDCS Michael Vira.
Photo By: MC2 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 201124-N-OW182-0005
Command Senior Chief Michael Vira is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an A.A.S. degree in Culinary Arts in 1998 and a B.S. degree in Food Service Management later in 2019. He enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1998 and attended Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, IL and then MS “A” School at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. He was selected for the Command Senior Chief program in 2020.

His first assignment was onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) completing two Mediterranean and Persian Gulf Deployments and participating in Operation Enduring Freedom. He served throughout the food service operation to include a special assignment as the Commanding Officer’s Mess Management Specialist. His second fleet assignment was onboard USS Stethem (DDG 63) in Yokosuka, Japan. There he was selected as Senior Sailor of the Year 2008 and advanced to Chief Petty Officer. His third fleet assignment was onboard USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) as the Supply Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and Leading Culinary Specialist. During this tour, he led his team through an arduous nine-month deployment in 2014 to U.S Fifth and Sixth Fleets and advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. He is currently assigned to USS Dextrous (MCM 13) as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader.

Senior Chief Vira completed his first shore assignment to SUBASE New London, CT. His second shore assignment was to NWS Charleston, SC where he served as the Food Service Officer and Contracting Officer Representative, and he led the service of over one million meals annually to Naval Nuclear Propulsion Command’s 3,600 students and staff. Next, he was stationed at Naval Station Newport, RI where he served as the Executive Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and fulfilled vital roles as the Administration Officer, Command Career Counselor, Emergency Management Officer, and Installation Training Officer. Additionally, he was the acting Installation Command Master Chief during his final three months onboard, serving the Installation Major Commander and supporting the areas 50 tenant commands and 17 CMC/SEL’s. His last assignment was at Naval Support Facility Redzikowo, Poland as the Food Service Officer and Housing Manager.

Senior Chief Vira is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 173-Blue) and also the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 20140). His awards include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (7 awards), and various service and campaign awards.

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