CMDCM(AW/SW) MATT LAING, USN
Command Master Chief, Naval Service Training Command
Master Chief Matt Laing is a native of Boston, MA. He graduated from James Madison High School in San Antonio, TX in May 1986. After graduation, he reported to Recruit Training Command in San Diego in July 1986. Upon completion of basic training, he attended Aviation Structural Mechanic (Structures) "A" School in NATTC Millington, TN. In January 1987, he completed his initial training pipeline by attending F-14A practical job training in NAS Miramar, CA with VF-124 (FRAMP).
His assignments include Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) onboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) and USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62); Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 50 (VRC-50, Sea Component) at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and Andersen AFB, Guam; NAS Fallon, NV; Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE (HC-5, Sea Component) at Andersen AFB, Guam and Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, IL.
He was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program in January 2007. In May 2007, he was promoted to Master Chief and reported to his first Command Master Chief tour at MCM Crew IMPERVISIOUS/USS AVENGER (MCM-1) in June 2007. In August 2009, Master Chief Laing reported as the Command Master Chief of NAS Lemoore, CA (the Navy's newest and largest Master Jet Base). His next Command Master Chief assignment was with Carrier Air Wing 17 onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) from August 2012 to October 2013. From November 2013 to November 2015 he was the Command Master Chief of Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. He reported to Naval Service Training Command in November 2015.
Master Chief Laing holds an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration from Western Nevada College and a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics and Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 131) and the CMC/COB Course (Class 39). He holds professional certifications from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers as a Certified Manager and the American Society for Quality as a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with three gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with three gold stars) and various unit and campaign awards. Master Chief Laing is qualified as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Master Training Specialist.