Command Master Chief

Master Chief Lapid is a native of Pampanga, Republic of the Philippines. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, IL and Boiler Technician (BT) "A" School at Naval Training Center Great Lakes, IL. After completing BT "A" school, he reported onboard USS CANISTEO (AO 99) where the ship deployed with the USS IOWA Battle Group in the Mediterranean. Upon decommissioning AO 99, he reported on board USS GUAM (LPH 9) and deployed to the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, then transferred to USS LA SALLE (AGF 3) home ported in Manama, Bahrain, where he advanced to Second Class Petty Officer. His first shore duty was at Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka (CFAY) Brig, where he qualified as Brig Duty Officer. In June 1995, he returned to sea duty onboard Commander, Amphibious Squadron Eleven (COMPHIBRON 11) Sasebo, Japan aboard USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3). While aboard LHA 3, he advanced to Petty Officer First Class, qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW), and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS). In July 2000, the Navy successfully conducted the first ever big deck hull swap between LHA 3 and USS ESSEX (LHD 2) where he qualified Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS).

In May 2001, he transferred to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes where he trained 8 divisions culminating in the transformation of 700 civilians into highly motivated and dedicated Sailors ready for duty in the Fleet. While in Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer, qualified Master Training Specialist (MTS) and was promoted Senior Chief Petty Officer prior to transfer.

In October 2004, he reported aboard Fleet Technical Support Center, Pacific (FTSCPAC) in the same year the merger started between U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and FTSCPAC to establish U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) Yokosuka, Japan. After a successful tour of duty at SRF-JRMC, he transferred to USS DENVER (LPD 9) as Top Snipes where he requalified as Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) and was promoted to Master Chief.

Master Chief Lapid has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, as well as other personal, unit and service decorations.