Master Chief Navy Diver (NDCM) Craig J. Simon reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, in September 1993 and began his career as a Gunner’s Mate (Missiles). After completion of both “A” and “C” schools, he reported onboard USS ARKANSAS (CGN-41). Following his sea tour, he volunteered for deep sea diving duty and in 1998 graduated from Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC), Panama City, Florida, as Second Class Diver. In 2011, he earned the distinction as a Master Diver.
NDCM Simon is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 158/Gold) and has qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare, Expeditionary Warfare, and Diving Warfare Specialist. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) and various other personal and unit awards.
His previous tours include Ship’s Intermediate Maintenance Activity Norfolk, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) TWO, Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific, Center for EOD and Diving, Detachment Pacific, MDSU ONE, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit EIGHT, Rota, Spain.
He completed one shore and five shipboard deployments to the Mediterranean, Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Southern Watch, Desert Strike, Atlantic Resolve, Enduring Freedom, and Octave Shield. He also served on numerous salvage deployments including Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) in Hemphill, Texas, EX-USS CHEHALIS (AOG-48) in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and USS GUARDIAN (MCM-5), Tubbataha Reef, Philippines.
His most recent assignment is as Senior Enlisted Advisor and Command Master Diver, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington.