Command Master Chief Samira McBride, a native of Chad, Africa, enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1999. Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, she attended OS “A” School in Dam Neck, Virginia.
Her initial tour of duty was on USS Fletcher (DD 992), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where she served as Combat Information Center Track Supervisor and Harpoon Engagement Planner completing two Western Pacific deployments. In July 2003, she reported to USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), Norfolk, Virginia, where she served as an Anti-Submarine Tactical Air Controller and Arabic Linguist completing one deployment to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. In July 2005, she transferred to Assault Craft Unit Four (ACU-4) where she served as Operations Department Executive Assistant and French Linguist where she conducted intensive training for welldeck, Ramp Marshall and communications procedures aboard French Naval Vessel BPC TONNERE. In October 2008, Master Chief McBride reported to USS Lassen (DDG 82), Yokosuka, Japan and served as OI Division Leading Petty Officer. She was selected as USS Lassen 2009 Senior Sailor of the Year.
In April 2010, she was selected as Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year and was meritoriously promoted to Chief Petty Officer and transferred to USS Boxer (LHD 4), San Diego, CA as OI Division LCPO where she completed one Western Pacific Deployment. In February 2013, she transferred to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois as a Recruit Division Commander. In May 2016, she reported to PCU Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Norfolk, VA as Operations Department LCPO where she was selected to the Command Senior Chief program and handpicked to serve as a United States Fleet Forces Command Fleet CPO Training Team Facilitator. In July 2018 she reported to USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) where she served as the Command Master Chief and was the recipient of the Delbert Black Leadership Award 2020. She is currently serving as Command Master Chief at Afloat Training Group, Norfolk, VA.
Command Master Chief McBride is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy Class 156 (BLUE), the CMC/COB/CSC Course class 174.
Her decorations include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards) and various service campaign medals.