Fleet Master Chief James Honea assumed his current duties as Command Senior Enlisted Leader for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in August 2021.
Honea enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1987 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command in San Diego, California. Upon completion of his training, he reported to USS John A. Moore (FFG 19). Subsequently, he rose through the ranks serving on board USS Juneau (LPD 10), USS Dubuque (LPD 8), and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). His first assignment as command master chief was on USS Gridley (DDG 101) and later on USS New Orleans (LPD 18).
His shore assignments include Navy Reserve Readiness Command Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland and Commander, Navy Region Southwest, San Diego, California. He also completed an individual augmentee (IA) assignment as command master chief, U.S. Navy Embedded Training Teams, Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix, deployed to Afghanistan. He served as the command master chief at Naval Support Activity South Potomac as well as command master chief, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. Fifth Fleet. Honea's previous assignment was fleet master chief of U.S. Pacific Fleet.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) as well as numerous unit, campaign awards.
He's a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Command Master Chief Course and Senior Enlisted JPME Keystone Course from National Defense University