Master Chief Jorge R. Guillen, USN

Navy Experimental Diving Unit Command Master Chief

Raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Guillen enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1992 and attended boot camp at Recruit Training Center, Orlando, Florida.  Upon graduation, he reported to his first duty station aboard USS Savannah (AOR 4) where he served as a signalman in the Operations Department and qualified as a Visual Communications Officer. His next assignment was to the USS Tempest (PC 2) where he served as Operations Department’s Radioman and Visual Communications Officer.  

In 1998, he reported to the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC), Panama City, Florida and graduated Second Class Dive training. That same year, then Signalman 1st Class Petty Officer Guillen reported to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) and served as a second class diver in support of salvage operations around the world where he also qualified as an Unlimited Diving Supervisor.  Upon completion of his tour at MDSU TWO, he returned to NDSTC and completed First Class Dive, Mixed-Gas Dive, Salvage Construction – Demolition Dive and Saturation Dive training before reporting to the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU). At NEDU, Guillen served as a Saturation Diver and dove the  civil war ship USS Monitor salvage expedition.  After completing his tour at NEDU, Damage Controlman 1st Class Petty Officer Guillen reported to Seal Delivery Vehicle Team One (SDVT 1) and served as the Leading Petty Officer of two Dry Deck Shelters and 30 divers executing Undersea Missions in support of the Naval Special Warfare Command.  

During his tour at SDVT-1, he was selected as a Chief Petty Officer and transferred to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit EIGHT (EODMU EIGHT) Sicily, Italy.  During that overseas tour, he served as the dive locker Leading Chief Petty Officer, supporting multinational engagements and emergent diving requirements in the area of operations.  He promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer before he transferred from Italy to NDSTC, where he trained and instructed future divers in a multitude of courses to include Second Class Diver, First Class Diver, Diving Medical Officer and international students. In 2013, Senior Chief Guillen attended Master Diver evaluations and earned the U.S. Navy Master Dive designation. His next assignment was at 3D Reconnaissance Battalion, Okinawa, Japan where he served at the Master Diver, III Marine Expeditionary Force.  During his tour in Okinawa, he earned the Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare designator. Prior to becoming the Command Master Chief at NEDU, Guillen served as the GROUP Master Diver for Naval Special Warfare Group THREE, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  While at NSWG THREE, he was responsible for 450 Navy SEALs and Divers stationed in both Hawaii and Virginia. He managed various programs for the command and worked closely with NEDU to accomplish mission critical tasking to enable the WAR FIGHTERS to accomplish the mission.  

NDCM (MDV/FMF) Jorge Guillen assumed the duties as Command Master Chief at NEDU June 20, 2019.