Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Dexter Watson enlisted in the Navy in October 1990 and completed basic training and Quartermaster “A” School in Orlando, Florida. At sea, his early tours as a
included USS SAVANNAH (AOR 4), Norfolk, Virginia, USS DEYO (DD 989)Norfolk, Virginia, USS CARL-VINSON (CVN 70), Alameda, California, USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62) / USS SHILOH (CG 67), Yokosuka, Japan, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72), Everett, Washington.
Ashore, his tours included Commander Naval Air Forces, Norfolk, Virginia, Afloat Training Group, Norfolk, Virginia, and Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Command (NMAWC), San Diego, California.
Master Chief Watson served as the Senior Enlisted Leader for Commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command from 2010 – 2011. He was selected as a Command Master Chief in 2012 and he previously served as the Command Master Chief of USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71). Command Master Chief Watson now serves as the Command Master Chief of Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California. He is a Graduate of the 2006 Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 126 “Green”), Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course in 2012, and has earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.
Command Master Chief Watson is a recipient of the ABRAHAM LINCOLN “Union” Leadership Award and his personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), Good Conduct Medal (6 awards), and various campaign and service ribbons.