AO1 (AW/SW) CHASE THOMSON
John W. Finn Aviation Ordnancemen of the year 2021 Runner-up
USS NIMITZ (CVN68)
AO1(AW/SW) Chase S. Thomson was born and raised in Louisville, Colorado. He enlisted in the United States Navy in October 2010 after graduating from Erie High School, and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.
Upon graduating from recruit training, he reported for duty onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). While assigned, he completed three Western Pacific deployments and performed duties as an Aviation Ordnanceman in Weapons Department, G-1 Division. During this tour, he advanced to Petty Officer Third and Second Class.
In November 2015, Petty Officer Thomson reported to Navy Munitions Command Pacific East Asia Division, Unit Misawa, Japan. He performed duties as an Aviation Ordnanceman in the Quality Assurance Department as the Leading Petty Officer. During this tour, he was selected as the 2016 Junior Sailor of the Year and 2017 NMCPAC EAD Junior Sailor of the Year and was meritoriously advanced to Petty Officer First Class.
In March 2020, Petty Officer Thomson reported to USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) where he served as the G-3 Division Leading Petty Officer, managing 116 Sailors, until May 2021. During this time he completed an I I-month deployment to FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets in support of Operations INHERENT RESOLVE, FREEDOM'S SENTINEL, and OCTAVE QUARTZ. After deployment, he then took over as the G-1 Division Leading Petty Officer, leading 50 Sailors.
Petty Officer Thomson is qualified as an Enlisted Aviation and Surface Warfare Specialist. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and the 2016, and 2017 NMCPAC EAD Junior Sailor of the Year.
Petty Officer Tomson is currently enjoying life in Bremerton, Washington with his wife Ashley and son, William.