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CMDCM (SW/AW) Iris Y. Velez

Past Command Master Chief, Afloat Training Group Western Pacific, (ATGWP)

29 November 2020
Master Chief Iris Y. Velez
Master Chief Iris Y. Velez
Master Chief Iris Y. Velez
Master Chief Iris Y. Velez
Master Chief Iris Y. Velez
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VIRIN: 221031-N-N0831-0002
Command Master Chief Iris Y. Velez, a native of Brooklyn, New York, enlisted as a Fireman in the Navy in April 1996.  Some of her duty stations included USS O’BANNON (DD 987) and USS STUMP (978). She earned her Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification.  In 2001, she reported to Personnel Support Detachment Patuxent River, MD. In 2004, PN1 Velez received orders to Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN in Jacksonville, FL. At VP 16, she earned her Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification, was selected to the rank of Chief Petty Officer and completed her Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management.

In December 2007, she reported to Navy Recruiting District New York and became the Recruiter-In-Charge of the Navy Recruiting Station in Brooklyn NY. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Human Resource Management with Webster University.  Chief Velez reported to JCISA Yongsan Korea, where she was selected to fill the role as the Navy Element Senior Enlisted Leader.  She transferred January 2013 to the Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton, CT.  She returned to sea in October 2015 on USS PRINCETON (CG 59).  On PRINCETON, as the Departmental Leading Chief Petty Officer and Personnel Officer, she was selected to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.  In February 14, 2017, she was selected for the Command Senior Chief program.  She graduated from the Navy War College’s Senior Enlisted Academy.  She then reported to the Littoral Combat Ship USS INDIANAPOLIS in June 2018 as the first Command Senior Enlisted Leader for Crew 118 (INDIANAPOLIS BLUE) homeported in Mayport Florida.

Master Chief Velez’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and various service and unit awards.
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