Service news

May 27, 2007

Command Master Chief C.P. "Pres" Weaver Jr. is retiring from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service to his country.

His retirement ceremony was held May 5 in the Washington (D.C.) Navy Yard, aboard the USS Barry. Effective July 1, he will retire with the rank of Fleet Master Chief.

Weaver, son of Pat and C.P. Weaver Sr. of Fairplay, graduated from Williamsport High School in June 1970. In May 1986, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut State University, and continued his graduate work at Connecticut College, University of Maryland, and at Regency University.

In July 1998, he graduated with distinction from the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy. In June 2002, he completed the executive business course at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Enlisting in the Navy in July 1977, he reported to USS Gato (SSN 615) after initial submarine and electronics training. He qualified in submarines and served as the ship's electronics division Leading Petty Officer (LPO), educational services officer, command photographer and command qualification petty officer.

In August 1983, following factory training from Rockwell International on the electrically suspended gyro navigator system, Weaver reported to submarine school in Gorton, Conn., as fast-attack navigation division LPO and instructor. There he was advanced to chief petty officer, earned the Master Training Specialist (MTS) designation and served on the MTS board.

In July 1986, Weaver reported aboard USS Helena (SSN 725), where he first served as the ship's electronics division LCPO, and subsequently as the navigation/ops department LCPO, ship's photographer and intelligence officer.

After his selection as a Chief of the Boat, Weaver traveled to San Diego in May 1990, to assume that duty on board USS Portsmouth (SSN 707). In October 1992, he was selected as Command Master Chief (CMC) for Submarine Squadron Eleven in San Diego. In May 1995 he reported as CMC aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). In July 1998 he was selected as the CNO-directed CMC for Military Sealift Command (MSC) in Washington, D.C. In May 2001 he reported to USS LaSalle (AGF 3) in Gaeta, Italy, as the CMC for U.S. Sixth Fleet.

In January 2002, Weaver became the 14th Fleet Master Chief for U.S. Naval Forces Europe.

Following his duties in Europe, he moved to Washington, D.C., to become the first CMC for the Senior Enlisted Leader Management Office in June 2005.

Weaver's awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (three gold stars), the Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), Navy Achievement Medal (two gold stars), and various campaign, service and unit awards.

Weaver is married to the former Emily Billings of San Diego. They have four children, Brian, Hillary, Erin and James, and two grandchildren, Rebecca and Trevor.

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