Master Chief Gregory E. Prichard is a native of Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Wichita High School West in 1995 and he earned a bachelor’s degree in Technical Studies from Thomas Edison University in June 2018. He enlisted in the Navy in December 1997 and completed the nuclear pipeline course in November 1999. He is qualified in submarines.
His early sea tours included USS Maryland (SSBN 738) (Gold) in Kings Bay, Georgia, as a member of reactor control division from November 1999 to June 2002. He then transferred to USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) (Blue) and took part in an inter-fleet transfer and change of homeport to Bangor, Washington, where he served as a member of reactor control division from June 2002 to October 2004. While aboard he was advanced to petty officer first class. He then reported to USS Pasadena (SSN 752) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he served as reactor control division leading petty officer and was advanced to chief petty officer in September 2006. While aboard he completed a western pacific deployment. Following selection to chief petty officer, he served as the leading chief petty officer aboard USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) (Blue) in Bangor, Washington, from October 2006 to February 2010 where he completed qualifications as engineering department master chief.
After ten years at sea on four submarines, he was selected as reactor control assistant at Commander, Submarine Squadron 19 in Bangor, Washington, from February 2010 to February 2013. While there he was selected for senior chief petty officer in April 2010.
From February 2013 to February 2016 he served as engineering department master chief aboard USS Connecticut (SSN 22) in Bremerton, Washington.
From February 2016 to August 2018, he served as the Submarine Force assistant nuclear power officer and reactor control assistant on the staff of Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While there he was selected for master chief petty officer in May 2016.
In August 2018, he reported to the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center where he currently serves as the command master chief.
In addition to numerous campaign and service awards, Prichard has earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards).
Last Updated: 10 September 2020