Upon graduation, he reported for duty onboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) where he completed three FIFTH Fleet AOR deployments. His fleet assignments include USS Ashland (LSD 48), USS Tortuga (LSD 46), USS Stout (DDG 55), and Special Boat Team TWELVE. In addition, Master Chief Downs completed shore assignments as SIMA/SWRMC San Diego, CA, CNE-CNA-C6F STAFF, Naples, IT, COMLCSRON TWO Staff, Mayport, FL, and COMSURFDIV TWO ONE, Mayport, FL.
Master Chief Downs is currently serving as the Command Master Chief onboard the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). Additionally, he is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class 227 and has earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare, Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare, and Information Warfare designations.
His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (9 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.