Command Master Chief Wade M. Tandberg
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Thomas Erikson is a Submarine Sailor and native of Boise, ID. He joined the Navy in August of 1996 and attended Basic Training in Great Lakes, IL. Following Basic Training he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Submarine Navigation Electronics “A” schools in Groton, CT. In July of 1997 he reported to his first submarine, USS Hawkbill (SSN 666), where he completed two Arctic deployments and an eastern Pacific deployment prior to the ship’s deactivation n 1999.
In 2001, after completing Navigation Electronic “C” school at Trident Training Facility in Bangor, WA he reported to USS Alaska (SSBN 732) (Gold) in Bremerton, WA. After completion of an Engineering Refueling Overhaul (ERO) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the submarine changed homeport to Bangor, WA. He completed crew certification, Demonstration and Shakedown Operation, and several nuclear deterrent patrols.
In 2003, while assigned to the staff at Commander Submarine Group Eight, Commander Task Force 69 in Naples, Italy, he advanced to Petty Officer First Class and assumed the duties as the Leading Petty Officer of the Operations Department.
In 2007, he reported to USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) (Gold) in Kings Bay, GA where he completed two patrols and advanced to Chief Petty Officer prior to change of homeport to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA for ERO where he served as Navigation Division Leading Chief Petty Officer, Navigation Operations Department Senior Enlisted Advisor, and Assistant Navigator. Following ERO, he reported to USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) (Blue) and changed homeport to Kings Bay, GA.
In 2012, he reported to the staff of Commander Submarine Group Seven, Commander Task Force 54/74 in Yokosuka, Japan as an Assistant Navigator during this tour he advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. During this tour he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy and was selected as Chief of the Boat.
In 2016, he reported to the USS Nebraska (SSBN 739)(Gold) in Bangor, WA as the Chief of the Boat. During his tour his crew completed the myriad certifications required to stand up a command, first deployment, Demonstration and Shakedown Operation, strategic onload as well as two patrols, and successfully launched four D5 missiles during the Commanders Evaluated Test of 2019. He had the honor of leading the best crew and most capable Chiefs’ Mess in the Fleet.
In 2019, he reported to Naval Submarine Support Command in Pearl Harbor, HI as the Manning Monitor.
In 2020, he relieved as the Command Master Chief at Naval Submarine Support Command in Pearl Harbor, HI.