Master Chief Petty Officer Melissa Weatherspoon is the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Defense Media Activity, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland where she serves as the advisor to the Director of DMA on matters of health, welfare and morale of more than 900 enlisted personnel assigned to eight locations in the United States and at 33 permanent overseas sites.
Master Chief Weatherspoon was born and raised in West Virginia, where she graduated from Milton High School in June 1985. She joined the Navy in June 1993 after years in the civilian workforce and entered basic training in Orlando, Fla., as part of the former Sea and Air Mariner Reserve program. In January 1994, she decided to leave the Reserves for active-duty service.
She attended Journalist “A” School in Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., from February to August 1994. Her first duty assignment was with Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. Her other assignments include Fleet Hospital Jacksonville, Fla., (1999-2000); USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), Bremerton, Wash., (2000-2003); Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md., (2004-2006); U.S. Pacific Fleet , Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, (2006-2009); Center for Service Support, Newport, R.I., (2009-2012); and Fleet Combat Camera Pacific, San Diego, (2012-2013).
Weatherspoon advanced to master chief petty officer in June 2013 while assigned to Combat Camera. From there, she took on her first senior enlisted advisor assignment at Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, San Diego (2013-2015).
Weatherspoon’s academic achievements include a bachelor’s degree in social science from the University of Maryland, University College and an associate’s degree in general studies from Georgia Military College. She is also an honor graduate of the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class 158.
Her personal awards include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 gold stars), Joint Service Achievement Medal (2 oak clusters), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 gold stars), and various other service medals and ribbons.