Command Senior Chief Stacey Settles enlisted in the Navy in 1998 through NRD Phoenix, attended Recruit Training Command and Quartermaster “A” school in Great Lakes, Illinois.
Upon graduation from QM “A” school, he received his first duty assignment and reported to the USS Heron (MHC 52) in Ingleside TX. While on board Heron he earned all of his basic DC qualification and finally QMOW. Shortly after earning his QMOW he transferred across the pier to MCMROTCREW HOTEL on board USS CHIEF and quickly advanced to QM3. After completing a deployment to the 5th Feet AOR he transferred to ACU-1 in 2000.
Upon arriving to ACU-1 in San Diego CA, he was assigned to LCU 1633 as Craft Navigator. He completed two Western Pacific Deployments, both of which were to the 5th fleet AOR while his craft was attached to USS DUBUQUE. During this time, he earned numerous DC, ENG, and Deck qualifications to include Load Master and finally ESWS. Here he advanced to QM2.
After completing his tour at ACU-1 in 2003 he transfers to NRD Phoenix and was assigned to Recruiting Station Silver City NM. While stationed in Silver City he earned his Recruiter in Charge qualifications and numerous station awards to include Small Station of the Year and he advanced to QM1.
Following a successful tour at NRD Phoenix in 2006 he reported to PCU GRIDLEY (DDG 101) in Bath ME as the LPO. After the commissioning of DDG 101 and numerous certifications, qualifications and a successful sail around Settles was selected to Chief Petty Officer.
Upon a lengthy yet successful sea tour on USS GIDLEY he was assigned to ATG Pacific North West 2010 as the Topside LPO; this include Navigation, Seamanship, and ATTT. While at ATG he trained and assessed numerous navigation teams on various platforms and he himself earned his Afloat Training Specialist (ATS), Master Training Specialist, and his small craft pin all while attending classes to earn his degree in general studies.
After his tour at ATG he reported to USS RUSHMORE in November 2013, shortly after reporting he was selected to Senior Chief Petty Officer. As the Nav/admin DLCPO he successfully completed numerous inspections, navigation certifications, two deployments to 5th fleet, Rim of the Pacific Exercise, and an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI).
Moved on from a successful tour on RUSHMORE and served at BUPERS 32 as the Surface Operations ECM/TECHED for OS, QM, BM and MN.
After being selected into the Command Senior Chief program Senior Chief was assigned to USS INDIANAPOLIS LCS 17 Blue crew.
Senior Chief Settles’ awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (6 awards), Battle “E” and various unit and service awards. He is a qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS), Afloat Training Specialist (ATS), and Master Training Specialist (MTS).