Command Master Chief Retires After 30 Years of Service

Command Master Chief Glen Kline (left) exchanges a quiet joke with his about to be former skipper, Captain David Roberts, at Kline’s retirement after thirty years of service. (US Navy photo released by William Kenny)

Command Master Chief (Submarines) Glen A Kline said goodbye Friday to his students and the staff of Naval Submarine School as well as to shipmates in a Navy career that spanned three decades in retirement ceremonies at Submarine Base, New London.

Raised in Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania, Kline began his military career in September of 1982 after graduating from Hamburg Area High School. In 30 years, he saw a great deal of change in the U. S. Navy’s Submarine Force.

“I became a Chief of the Boat the year our Submarine Force celebrated its Centennial and I’m retiring during the Navy’s Year of the Chief Petty Officer. I witnessed the end of the Cold War and experienced first-hand the fruits of our improved relationships with former adversaries,” he told an overflowing crowd on a sweltering summer morning.

Kline served at sea aboard USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), USS Alexandria (SSN 757) and was plank owner and first Chief of the Boat, COB, of USS New Hampshire (SSN 778). His first Chief of the Boat assignment was USS San Juan (SSN 751).

“Our CPO community has changed the way we do business, because the Navy needs the special skills and leadership of our Chiefs on the deck plates to accomplish our demanding mission every day. There hasn’t ever been a time when the Chief doesn’t answer the bell and take the necessary action.”

Guest Speaker, Captain Bruce Derenski, Commander Submarine Group 2, Director of Engineering and Readiness, and a shipmate from days on the staff of Submarine Squadron 4, told Kline, (y)our legacy is so much more than the words we will say here today and vastly larger than the gifts and awards you will so deservedly receive.

“Your legacy is in the hearts of every member of your family and of your friends and shipmates and the thousands of our most junior Sailors who came to and through Naval Submarine School while you served as Command Master Chief. Wherever they are, you are.”