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CMDCM Michael Vira

Command Master Chief, USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81)

24 November 2020
CMDCM Michael Vira
CMDCM Michael Vira
CMDCM Michael Vira
CMDCM Michael Vira
CMDCM Michael Vira
Photo By: MC1 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 220718-N-OW182-0001
Command Master Chief Michael Vira was born in Brooklyn, New York.  He is a graduate from Johnson & Wales University with an A.A.S. degree in Culinary Arts and a B.S. degree in Food Service Management.  He enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1998 and attended Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, IL.  He then completed MS “A” School at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas.  He was selected for the Command Senior Enlisted Leader program in 2020.
 
At sea, he served on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Robert D. Stethem (DDG 63), and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).  He also served as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader to USS Dextrous (MCM 13) forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain in the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of operations.  Ashore he served at Submarine Base New London CT, Naval Weapons Station Charleston SC, Naval Station Newport RI, and Naval Support Facility Redzikowo Poland.
 
Command Master Chief Vira assumed the duties as Command Master Chief for USS Winston S. Churchill in June of 2022.
 
He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 173-Blue) and the Command Master Chief Course (Class 20140). His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (7 awards), and various service and campaign awards.
 
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