CNATT Unit Norfolk
Commander Raymond Sudduth
Commanding Officer

Commanding Officer

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Commander Jack Morris
Executive Officer
Executive Officer

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MCPO Christopher Smith
Senior Enlisted Leader
Senior Enlisted Leader

Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Smith, a Middletown, Rhode Island, native, graduated from Middletown High School in June 1998 and left for the Navy the following month. He completed Recruit Training at Recruit Training Command Great lakes, Illinois, with follow on training at Aviation Machinist’s Mate “A” School in Millington, Tennessee.

Smith was initially assigned aboard USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) where he was assigned to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Power Plants, where he completed two deployments, earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Pin and advanced to Petty Officer 3rd Class. He was next assigned to Naval Air Station Norfolk’s AIMD where he was assigned to 41M (T-58) Engine Shop and served as Crew Member, Crew Leader and Collateral Duty Inspector (CDI). He was advanced to Petty Officer 2nd Class and subsequently transferred to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, in March 1995.

While stationed at NAS Sigonella, Smith was assigned to 41M and continuing to serve as a Crew Leader and CDI transferring in 1998 to USS Saipan (LHA 2), where he served as a Quality Assurance Representative, Power plants Leading Petty Officer and Damage Control Training Team Member. He advanced to Petty Officer 1st Class in 1999, qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and transferred to Naval Air Maintenance Training Group (MTG) Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, in 2000.

Assigned to Maintenance Training Unit 1031, Smith qualified and instructed the Airborne Mine Countermeasures pipeline, earned his Master Training Specialist Designation and was selected as the 2001 Sailor of the Year. He was selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer in 2002 and transferred back to sea duty aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1) in 2003.

While assigned aboard Wasp, Smith served as IM-1, 2 Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) and Division Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and Production Control LCPO completing two deployments in support of Operations Sea Dragon and Enduring Freedom and was also involved in the initial MV-22 LHD operational testing and maintenance support process. Smith was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2006 and transferred to the Naval Safety Center in early 2007.

Serving as the Power Plants Analyst and Maintenance team LCPO at the Naval Safety Center from 2007 to 2009 he traveled extensively, conducting maintenance surveys and providing Maintenance Risk Management presentations to more than 300 Navy and Marine Corps Aviation commands. Senior Chief Smith next selected orders to the “Blue Blasters” of VFA-34 at NAS Oceana.

Here, Smith was assigned as the Quality Assurance Supervisor and was eventually assigned as Phase CPO, Flight Deck Coordinator and Maintenance Senior Chief. He completed two deployments to the Arabian Sea and transferred to the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 in Jan 2013.

Smith served as the VFA-106 E/F Senior Enlisted Advisor, and was selected and advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in May of 2013. He transferred to the “Sunliners” of VFA-81 in July of 2013 as the Maintenance Master Chief.

Earning his Associates degree and completing a ten-month combat deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Smith would next report to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Norfolk as the Command Master Chief.

His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Award (6 Awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (5 Awards) as well as numerous campaign and unit awards.

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