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Training Support Center Hampton Roads
Captain Matthew S. Rick, USN
Commanding Officer

Commanding Officer

Capt. Matthew Rick, a native of Willoughby, Ohio, an eastern suburb of Cleveland, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1994. He also graduated from the U.S. Naval War College in 2006 and the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School, formerly Industrial College of the Armed Forces, in 2013.

Rick’s first division officer assignments were aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) and USS Stark (FFG 31). Following his division officer assignments, he was flag selected to teach seamanship and navigation at the Naval Academy.

Rick served his first department head tour aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) as combat systems officer. In May 2003, he was then selected to serve as the first surface warfare officer assigned as executive officer aboard USS Grapple (ARS 53). As a post-department head, he served as the flag secretary to Commander, Carrier Strike Group 12.

In February 2007, Rick reported to USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as executive officer. Immediately following his executive officer tour, he reported to Commander, Destroyer Squadron 2 and served as chief staff officer from June 2008 to May 2010.

Rick took command of USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) in Mayport, Florida, October 2010, and was her final commanding officer. During this tour, the oldest Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate achieved many “first” milestones, to include circumnavigating the continent of Africa, becoming an Emerald Shellback, and being recognized by the U.S. Senate for counter-piracy actions leading to the destruction of Jih Chun Tsai 68, a notorious Somali pirate mothership and her four skiffs.

Following command, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and upon graduation in 2013 reported to the Naval Academy as executive assistant to the superintendent. Departing the Naval Academy in 2015, Rick reported to Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10 and served as operations officer.

Rick assumed command of Training Support Center Hampton Roads, November 2017.

Rick’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (seven awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (two awards) and various unit awards and citations.

Lieutenant Commander Michael Bubulka, USN
Executive Officer

Executive Officer

Lt. Cmdr. Michael Bubulka, a native of Easton, Pennsylvania, joined the U.S. Navy in 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Capitol College, and he graduated with distinction with a master’s degree in Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School.

He first served as an electronics technician for nine years at various commands, such as USS Enterprise (CVN 65); U.S. Naval Academy, where he was an engineering lab instructor and became certified as a Master Training Specialist; and USS Gettysburg (CG 64).

At sea, his officer assignments include USS Wasp (LHD 1) as assistant training officer and deck division officer; USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as damage control assistant, deploying to the Horn of Africa in support of counter-piracy operations with Standing NATO Maritime Group 2; and USS Gravely (DDG 107) as the weapons and combat systems officer.

Ashore, he served at OPNAV N81 Assessment Division as a campaign analyst, and he assisted with the development of several Navy and Joint Analytic Baselines. He also served as a United Nations military observer in Liberia.

He reported as the executive officer for Training Support Center Hampton Roads in August 2017.

Bubulka’s awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Navy Battle Efficiency ‘E’ and several campaign awards.

Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Keith A. Webb
Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Webb is a native of Philadelphia, Pa. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1988 and joined the U.S. Navy in Feb. 1990 attending Basic Training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Webb’s sea tours include assignments onboard the USS Fulton (AS 11) decommissioning unit (LABRADOR TWR 681) homeported at Naval Submarine Base, Groton, Conn., the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) where he was advanced to first class petty officer, served as Repair Division’s Leading Petty Officer and qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist during the ship’s deployment to the Mediterranean Sea.

In 2001, he reported to the USS Frank Cable (AS 40) homeported in Guam, where he advanced to Chief Petty Officer and served as Repair Division’s Leading Chief Petty Officer.

Webb’s additional sea duty assignments include the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), where he served as Repair Division Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) for 75 Sailors, qualified as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and advanced to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. The USS Barry (DDG 52), homeported in Norfolk, Va. where he served as Repair Division and Engineering Departmental LCPO, the USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), and the Pre-Commissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24) where he served as the Unit’s Senior Enlisted Advisor.

Ashore, Master Chief Webb reported to the Shipping port (ARDM 4) Naval Submarine Base, Groton. He also served at the Port Operations Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Afloat Training Group, Atlantic as the Team Leader for Steam Team One/Two, Lead Damage Controlman for the Propulsion Examination Board achieving his Master Training Specialist and Afloat Training Specialist. Furthermore, he served at Patrol Coastal Squadron as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader and was selected into the Command Senior Chief program.

His next assignment was with the USS Gary (FFG 51) homeported in San Diego where he deployed to the South Pacific in support of Operations Martillo, completed RIMPAC 2012 and advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and converted to Command Master Chief (CMC). While stationed onboard the USS Gary, the crew won the Battle Efficiency award, the CNO Afloat Safety award and VADM Buckeley Safety Award. His follow on CMC assignment was in Dec. 2012, USS Oakhill (LSD 51). His third CMC assignment was with the USS Wasp (LHD 1), June 2014.

Webb is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy the National Defense University’s Keystone course, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy’s Executive Leadership course class 1 and he holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Excelsior College.

His awards and decorations include the Navy Commendation Medals (six awards), Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medals (six awards), and various campaign, service and unit awards.

Master Chief Webb assumed his current assignment as the Training Support Center Hampton Roads Command Master Chief in June 2016.