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AGCM(IW/AW/SW) Vernon M. Diedrich III Command-Master-Chief, Strike Group Oceanography Team San Diego

Master Chief Diedrich a graduate of Fox Sr. High enlisted in the U.S. Navy on August 7th, 1996, at MEPS St. Louis, MO.  He completed his Recruit Training at RTC Great Lakes.  After completion of Seaman Apprentichip training, he reported to the Pre-Commishing Unit USS BATAAN (LHD 5).  Within his first tour, he was promoted to Petty Officer Third Class, earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification, and was selected to convert to Aerographer’s Mate (AG)  and attend AG-A1 school.  In 1999, he reported to “AG-A1” school at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS.  After graduating, he reported to Fleet Weather Center Aviation Forecast Component Diego Garcia and within his one year tour, completed all AG-C1 school requirements and was promoted to Petty Officer Second Class.
 
Following his tour in Diego Garcia, he attended “AG-C1” school at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. After his graduation he was assigned to Naval Aviation Forecast Component (NAFC) Corpus Christi, Texas where he qualified as a Forecast Duty Officer (FDO).  In 2003, during his tour at NAFC Corpus Christi, he was selected for First Class Petty Officer.
 
In 2004, following his tour in NAFC Corpus Christi, he reported to Center For Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATT Unit) Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS.  During this tour,  he qualified as an “AG-C1” course instructor, earned his Master Training Specalist, and was selected as CNATT Unit Keesler’s Senior Sailor of the Year.
 
He was selected for Chief Petty Officer in September 2007, while attached to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and serving initially as a FDO, then became the Division Leading Chief Petty Officer in addition to earning his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification.
 
In 2009, in efforts in training and instructing continued while assigned to the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center (NMOPDC) Gulfport.  During this time, he developed the “AG-C1” pre-requisites that are still used today.
 
In 2012, his first experience in Hydrography began at the Fleet Survey Team (Fighten’ Crawdads) while completing numerous hydrographic surveys in support of safety of navigation.  He earned his Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist and was promoted to Senior Chief in 2014.
 
In 2015, he was the enlisted Career Counselor for the AG community while at Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC).  Between July 2015 and December 2017, he revitalized the Career Development Programs within the METOC community increasing Retention Excellence Award receipents each year. 
 
In January 2018, he arrived at Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center (NOMWC) in Stennis Space Center, MS to begin his first tour as a Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) for 65 enlisted perosnnel assigned to NOMWC.  In May 2019, he was promoted to Master Chief.
 
In 2020, he transferred to Strike Group Oceanography Team San Diego (SGOT-SD) as the SEL for 124 enlisted personnel supporting Navy, Joint, and Coalition Forces operating in the Third, Fifth, and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibility.
 
Master Chief Diedrich is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 197 (Purple) and authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and numerous campaign ribbons and unit awards.
 
I am married to my wife Amber and we have large family,  Keegan (17), Aubriegh (9), Savannah, (8), Evalynn (7), Vivian (6), and Elliot (1).  Just recently adopted Aubriegh and Savannah this past December and in the process to adot Elliot by the end of the year.
 
My hobbies include sports (baseball, basketball, running), cooking, and reading.  I’m also a life long fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues.
 
 

 
Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command | 1100 Balch Blvd. | Stennis Space Center, Mississippi 39529