The U.S. Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) held change of office ceremonies Feb. 12, followed by the retirement of the departing director.
Command Master Chief (SS/AW/SW) Charles L. Dassance relieved Command Master Chief (AW/SW/NAC) Michael L. Anjola, who retired in a following ceremony. A former Force Master Chief, Dassance’s last assignment was Network Warfare Command Force Master Chief.
Rear Adm. Phil Wisecup, President of the Naval War College (NWC), was the guest speaker at the SEA change of office. The SEA is aligned with NWC, and Dassance will be the first director of SEA to also fill the role of NWC’s command master chief.
The executive assistant to the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) John Walker also spoke at the ceremony. Capt. John Covell, Naval Forces Central Command liaison officer to Central Command, was the retirement guest speaker.
Attending was Command Master Chief Anjola’s wife, Laura Anjola, and mother, Pat Anjola, plus the Anjolas’ son, Tanner, who is a midshipman candidate at the Naval Academy Prep School.
Command Master Chief Dassance’s wife, Mrs. Tammy Dassance, and his mother, Mrs. Mary Hazelton, also will be guests.
Chaplain (Cmdr.) Manuel Biadog, NAVSTA command staff chaplain, gave the invocation and benediction.
Other guests included Vice Adm. Denby Starling, II, Naval War College Provost Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, Force Master Chief Jon Snyder, and Capt. Neil Parrott, commanding officer of the Surface Warfare Officers School.
Master Chief Charles Dassance entered the Navy in July 1977 and attended boot camp in Orlando.
He completed Electrician’s Mate “A” School at Great Lakes, Ill. From there, he completed Nuclear Power School at Orlando, Fla. followed by Nuclear Power Training Unit, S1C, Windsor, Conn. Upon completion of training, he was selected for a follow-on tour as a staff instructor.
In July 1981, Dassance reported to the submarine USS Sargo (SSN 583) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He qualified in submarine warfare and as an Engineering Watch Supervisor. Subsequent assignments include Electrician’s Mate “C” School, where he was an honor graduate; submarine USS Greenling (SSN 614); and senior instructor, Electronics Division, Electrician’s Mate Department, Nuclear Field “A” School, where he was designated a master training specialist.
Dassance left active duty in July 1989 and immediately joined the U. S. Naval Reserve. In June 1999, Dassance was recalled to active duty where he served as Staff Command Master Chief for Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean.
Dassance attended the Senior Enlisted Academy in January 2001, served as the Command Master Chief, Sea Control Squadron 32 (VS-32) Maulers from March 2001 to March 2004, the Command Master Chief for Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet from March 2004 to May 2006, and as the Command Master Chief, carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) from May 2006 until August 2007.
In August 2007, Dassance was selected as the Network Warfare Command Force Master Chief.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (four awards), and various service and unit awards.
After the change of office, Anjola retired after a distinguished 30-year career. During his career he served five tours as command master chief for various commands including the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).
Rear Adm. Wisecup officiated at the retirement, and Ajola was relieved from Navy active duty by his son, Tanner, in a “Relieving of the Watch” ceremony.
After high school in Redding, Calif., Anjola joined the Navy in March 1980. He completed recruit training and graduated from Hospital Corps “A” School, both in San Diego. He has attended three “C” schools earning NEC’s as an aviation medicine technician, naval aircrew, and surface force independent duty corpsman.
Before SEA his previous assignments were Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va.,; Naval Aviation Medical Institute, Pensacola, Fla.; Tactical Air Squadron 22 in Lemoore, Calif., deployed with Career Air Wing Eleven embarked on the carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65); Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, Fla.; Station Operations Maintenance Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Calif.; Naval School Health Sciences, San Diego; Branch Medical Clinic Long Beach, Calif.; destroyer USS Elliot (DD 967), San Diego; Bureau Of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C.; Senior Enlisted Academy, Newport; carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Norfolk, Va.
He was also command Master Chief of the following organizations: Naval Hospital Health Care System, Corpus Christi, Texas; Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113), Lemoore, Calif., deploying with Career Air Wing 14 embarked on carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72); Career Air Wing 2, Lemoore, Calif., embarked on the Lincoln; and finally command master chief of the carrier Lincoln.
Anjola was the Director, Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (CMC/COB) in Newport, which he assumed in July 2007. He became director of SEA in February 2009.
Anjola is currently a master’s candidate at Norwich University. He also holds a bachelor’s from Touro University International (TUI) University, as well an associate’s from Chapman University. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 71.
Anjola’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism; Meritorious Service Medal (three awards); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal (four awards); Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), and a number of other personal, unit and campaign awards.
By Richard Alexander, Navalog editor