Master Chief Lovelace, a native of Abernathy, Texas, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in February 1993, completing basic training at Recruit Training Command San Diego, California.
Previous assignments include Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE Naval Air Station Agana, Guam; Patrol Squadron 40 in Whidbey Island, Washington; Special Projects Patrol Squadron 2 in Barbers Point, Hawaii; and was advanced to First Class Petty Officer and earned his Safe for Flight designation while with Strike Fighter Squadron 102 in Atsugi, Japan.
In 2006, Master Chief Lovelace reported to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Lemoore, California where he was selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer. He earned his Master Training Specialist (MTS) designation before reporting to Strike Fighter Squadron 137 in Lemoore where he earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare designation and was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer.
In October 2012, he reported to USS FORD (FFG 54) in Everett, Washington as the Command Senior Chief. He advanced to Master Chief in May 2013 and in July 2013, he returned to Lemoore as the Command Master Chief for Strike Fighter Squadron 2. During this tour, the command received the 2013 CSFWP Scott Kirby, 2013 CSFWP Boola-Boola, 2013 Blue "M", 2014 CSFWP Bruce Carrier and 2014 Blue "M" awards.
In June 2015, he was selected for his first major command CMC tour with Carrier Air Wing 9 and led eight squadrons through a highly successful Western Pacific Deployment and Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. He then joined the CNIC team as the NAS Lemoore CMC. In June 2019 he reported for assignment as CMC for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, leading 213 tenant commands encompassing more than 93,000 Military, DoD Civilians, and families.
Master Chief Lovelace is a graduate of the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class 168 (Grey), the Command Leadership Course in Newport, Rhode Island, and numerous technical schools.
He assumed his current duties as the NAS Kingsville Command Master Chief in October 2021.
Master Chief Lovelace’s personal awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.
Last Updated: 23 May 2022