Metcalfe, Keith, CMC

Command Master Chief
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Current Service Status
USNR Active
Current/Last Rank
Command Master Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
9580-Command Master Chief
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Command Master Chief
Primary Unit
2019-Present, 9580, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
Previously Held NEC
ABF-0000-Aviation Boatswain's Mate Fuels
AB-0000-Aviation Boatswain's Mate
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
90MN-Individual GWOT IA/ILO Multi-National Force
9571-Safety Technician
9578-Command Senior Chief
90NI GWOT IA/ILO -Combat Training (NIACT)-Deployed
Service Years
1988 - Present
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Desert Storm
Cold War
Operation Enduring Freedom
Order of the Dirt Sailor
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Plank Owner
Seven Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Command Senior Chief Petty Officer of the Command

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US Navy Honorable Discharge US Army Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge

Cold War Medal Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2010, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Back to work as a Paramedic Captain at Fort Benning, GA....trying to keep all these Army of One Soldiers healthy!!! (Like only a Navy Hospital Corpsman can!!) After serving 3 years on the USS INDEPENDENCE as an ABF,  I took a 4 year break from the military. I went into the Army in 1995 for 4 years as a 91B, Combat Medic. I got out of the Army in 1999. I joined back up with the Navy Reserve in 2001 and have been loving it since!!
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Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS)
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The new U.S. military mission in Afghanistan has begun and will be called Operation Freedom's Sentinel -- once some initial confusion about the apostrophe was cleared up.
In statements Sunday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and President Obama noted that Operation Enduring Freedom combat mission in Afghanistan had come to an end and the new training and advisory mission would be called Operation Freedom's Sentinel.
Following on the announcement, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, tweeted that the "new mission in Afghanistan to be called Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Focused on train, advise & assist, as well as counter-terrorism."
However, a spokesman for Army Gen. John F. Campbell, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, initially said later that the name was "Operation Freedom Sentinel" without the apostrophe. A few hours later, the spokesman said he was mistaken and the apostrophe was back in. It was "Freedom's Sentinel."
That still left the problem of distinguishing between the Pentagon name Operation Freedom's Sentinel and the NATO term Operation Resolute Support.
In the transition ceremony in Kabul on Sunday, at which the green-and-white flag of the International Security Assistance Force was furled, Campbell unfurled what he called the "Resolute Support colors."
In emails, Campbell's spokesman later said that Resolute Support would apply to the overall NATO continuing mission in Afghanistan while Freedom's Sentinel was the U.S. mission in coordination with Resolute Support.
"Resolute Support will serve as the bedrock of an enduring partnership" between NATO and Afghanistan, Campbell said at the ceremony.  "The road before us remains challenging, but we will triumph."
In his statement on Sunday, Obama said that the ceremony in Kabul "marks a milestone for our country.  For more than 13 years, ever since nearly 3,000 innocent lives were taken from us on 9/11, our nation has been at war in Afghanistan.
"Now, thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, our combat mission in Afghanistan is  ending, and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion," he  said.
"At the invitation of the Afghan government, and to preserve the gains we have made together, the United States -- along with our allies and partners -- will maintain a limited military presence in Afghanistan to train, advise and assist Afghan forces and to conduct counter-terrorism operations against the remnants of Al Qaeda," Obama said.
Hagel said, "In Operation Freedom's Sentinel, the United States will pursue two missions with the support of the Afghan government and the Afghan people."
"We will work with our allies and partners as part of NATO's Resolute Support Mission to continue training, advising, and assisting Afghan security forces," he added. "And we will continue our counterterrorism mission against the remnants of Al Qaeda to ensure that Afghanistan is never again used to stage attacks against our homeland."
The U.S. initially planned to have 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through next year but Campbell asked for an additional 1,000 U.S. troops until NATO partners fulfill their commitments to build the force to about 13,500. The Pentagon has approved Campbell's request.
In a statement on Monday, the Taliban said that the flag-furling ceremony in Kabul marked a "defeat" for the U.S.
"ISAF rolled up its flag in an atmosphere of failure and disappointment without having achieved anything substantial or tangible," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in the statement, Reuters reported.
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Last Updated:
Feb 22, 2017
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  20 Also There at This Battle:
  • Arredondo, George, MCPO, (1999-Present)
  • Beattie, James, PO2, (2006-Present)
  • Bryant, Donald, CDR, (1991-Present)
  • Forbes, Rodney, PO1, (2003-Present)
  • Foster, Scott, LCDR, (1985-Present)
  • Galluccio, Edmond, CDR, (1990-Present)
  • Hernandez, Marjorie, CWO4, (1993-Present)
  • Juarbe, Victor, PO1, (2007-Present)
  • Kan, Jonathan, CPO, (2005-Present)
  • Kramer, Chuck, CDR, (1987-2018)
  • [Name Withheld], (2000-Present)
  • Nguyen, Paul, LT, (2001-Present)
  • Schneider, Brent, LCDR, (2000-Present)
  • Stephens, Dionna, PO1, (2009-Present)
  • Stewart, Paul, PO1, (2008-Present)
  • Walker, Nicholas, LCDR, (2004-Present)
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