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Born: Winchester, MA Hometown: Wilmington, MA. Ken completed boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, IL in November 1995. Following boot camp, he com-pleted Seaman “ATD” School in Great Lakes, IL December, 1995. His first duty assignment was onboard the USS Os-prey MHC-51 in Ingleside, TX, where he completed three deployments, and advanced to Petty Officer Third Class. After a successful tour onboard the USS Osprey, he trans-ferred to Navy Cargo Handling and Port Group in Williamsburg, VA. During this tour, he attended Instructor train-ing School and facilitated the Command and Control and Cargo Handling Supervisors courses. In 2003, he trans-ferred to Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic Fleet for staff duty, where he served as the Admiral's Barge Coxswain. After a successful three year tour, he was assigned to Inshore Boat Unit 24 in Fort Dix, NJ. While in IBU-24 MESRON2 Boat Det B he deployed numerous times in support of OIF/OEF. There, he earned his Expeditionary Warfare Specialist device. Once his tour with MESRON 2 ended, he was happy to transfer to Navy Operational Support Center Manchester in Londonderry, NH where he could cheer on his beloved New England Patriots, as the Leading Petty Officer and Training Officer, and selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer. After taking over as the Command Leading Chief Petty Officer, he took orders to Coastal Riverine Squadron Eight as the Sen-ior Enlisted Leader of HVU Detachment in Groton, CT and selected to Senior Chief. At the completion of that tour, he served as the Senior Enlisted Leader at Navy Operational Support Center New London in Groton, CT, and selected to Master Chief during his tenure there. Master Chief MacDonald’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal two awards, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal nine awards, Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the Antarctic Service Medal.
Spouse: Meaghan MacDonald Children: Lorelai MacDonald and Jason MacDonald Siblings: Amy MacDonald, Crys-tal Sullivan and Gail Belcher.