Joseph D. Fahrney

Command Master Chief U.S. Naval War College Leadership
Master Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy
Joseph Fahrney faculty photo


Command Master Chief Fahrney enlisted in the Navy in 1990. He holds a Bachelor of Science in education (magna cum laude) from Valdosta State University and a Master of Science in leadership (with distinction) from Roger Williams University. Fahrney’s military education and training include the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 126), CMC/COB Capstone Course (Class 31) and Senior Shore Station Leadership Program. He is a 2010 Keystone Graduate of the National Defense University, 2015 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School Navy Senior Leader Seminar and a 2021 graduate of the strategic thinking seminar at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Administration.

Areas of Expertise

  • Command and Control
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Women, Peace, and Security

Professional Highlights


Command Master Chief, US Naval War College

The Command Master Chief (CMC) is an experienced Post-Major Command CMC with significant experience serving in senior Flag Officer Staffs. He is considered a highly qualified expert (HQE) in all areas of command climate, culture, good order and discipline, character and leader development.

Command Master Chief, US Naval Leadership and Ethics Center

The Command Master Chief supports and advises the Commanding Officer of the Naval Leadership and Ethics Center in training and preparing various members of command triads for their respective roles. Additionally, the CMC is the lead facilitator for the CMC/COB course of instruction at NLEC.

Command Master Chief, US Naval Forces Japan/Navy Region Japan

The CMC easily operates across all domains of tactical, operational, and strategic operations where he is at home mentoring the individual Sailor, guiding the CPO Mess, working with our joint partners, and engaging the most senior levels of U.S. and Japanese governmental representatives.

Command Master Chief, Task Force 70/Carrier Strike Group Five

The Immediate Superior in Command ISIC CMC serve as command-level senior enlisted leaders for Senior Commanders with ISIC responsibilities over 23 subordinate and assigned commands including more than 13,000 Sailors and Civilian personnel including both operational and supporting commands ashore.

Command Master Chief, Naval Base Kitsap

As the Installation Command Master Chief, he serve as command-level senior enlisted leaders for major Navy installation responsible to more than 77 tenant commands playing a significant role in ensuring base-wide command readiness and mission accomplishment.

Chief of the Boat, USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730)

The Chief of the Boat is responsibile to the CO for matters regarding the good order and discipline of the crew. The COB is generally responsible for the day-to-day operations of the boat as well as the morale, training, and development of the boat's 23 officers and 177 enlisted personnel.


M.S., Roger Williams University, Leadership

B.S., Valdosta State University, Education

Related Credentials

Hogan Personality Assessment

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Leadership Practices Inventory 360 (LPI 360)

Sexual Assault Vicitm Advocate

Master Training Specialist

Awards and Decorations

Enlisted Submarine Warfare

Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist

Defense Mutual Cooperation Award
Government of Japan

Meritorious Service Medal
Three Awards

Navy Commendation Medal
Five Awards

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Three Awards

Other Honors

Ministry of Defense Fellow
Government of Japan (GoJ)

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