CMDCM (SS) Kellen Voland

In February 2021, Command Master Chief Voland became the 19th Command Master Chief of Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.

A native of Quincy, Illinois, Command Master Chief Voland has also become a Connecticut native. Following graduation from Groton’s Robert E. Fitch Senior High School in 2002, he enlisted in the Navy and volunteered for the Submarine Force, ascending the ranks and earning designation as a specialist in submarine warfare.

He completed basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, and Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Sonar Technician “A” School at Naval Submarine School, in Groton.

Command Master Chief Voland’s at sea assignments include USS HARTFORD (SSN-768) stationed in Groton, where he served as a member, and then Leading Petty Officer, of Sonar Division.  During this assignment, he advanced to First Class Petty Officer, earned his Enlisted Submarine Warfare insignia, and completed various deployments to the Southern, Mediterranean and Central Command Areas of Operation.

He also served in USS MISSOURI (SSN-780) stationed in Groton, as the Sonar Division Leading Chief Petty Officer; and after advancing to Senior Chief in June 2012, he assumed the duties of Weapons Department Senior Enlisted Advisor.  USS MISSOURI completed a six month deployment as well as a surge deployment to the European Command (EUCOM) Area of Operations, while Command Master Chief Voland was assigned.  In August 2017, he reported to USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN 784) stationed in Groton, as the ship’s third Chief of the Boat. He led USS NORTH DAKOTA through two Six Month EUCOM deployments and achieved Two Meritorious Unit Citations, and the 2018 COMSUBRON FOUR Battle “E” Award.

Command Master Chief Voland’s shore assignments include duty as a recruiter and Station Leading Chief Petty Officer for Navy Recruiting District New England, and serving as Sonar Assistant on the Staff of Submarine Squadron Four in Groton.

Command Master Chief Voland is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Academy Class 61 and the Chief of the Boat/Command Master Chief course.  His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), Good Conduct Medal (five awards), and numerous unit and campaign awards.

Last Updated: 14 March 2022

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