MCPO Tat Huen, USN (Ret.)
Master Chief Huen grew up in New York City, New York, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1978, and completed Basic Training and Electronics Technician “A” School at Great Lakes, Illinois and Advanced Electronics “C” School in San Diego, California. Assigned to USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3), he qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and completed two WESTPAC deployments in 1981 and 1982 to the Persian Gulf. After his sea tour, he attended LAMPS MK III Weapon System training and served as lead instructor for the LAMPS MK III Weapon System at Advanced Electronics School in San Diego.
After leaving active duty in October 1985, Master Chief Huen affiliated with the Navy Reserve, first serving with NAVSPECWAR GROUP TWO, SPECIAL BOAT UNIT TWENTY FOUR (SBU-24). At SBU-24, he qualified as a Special Warfare Combat Crewman, skippered 65 ft MK III Sea Spectre Patrol Boats, and deployed in support of Navy SEAL and Special Forces operations worldwide. In January 1986, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded SBU-24 the Unit Commendation and Unit Citation for its recovery efforts after the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster. SBU-24 decommissioned in October 1993. Master Chief Huen transferred to MOBILE INSHORE UNDERSEA WARFARE UNIT TWO ONE ZERO (MIUWU 210) and served as Lead ET and Watch Supervisor and then served with INSHORE BOAT UNIT TWENTY FOUR (IBU 24) as Patrol Leader and with INSHORE BOAT SQUADRON ONE as Lead Tactical Instructor and Patrol Leader. In 1999, Master Chief Huen served as Senior Enlisted Leader for NAVY CARGO HANDLING BATTALION TEN (NCHB-10); DEPLOYABLE AMMUNITION HANDLING TEAM TEN (DAHT-10); and SUPPLY SUPPORT BATTALION TWO (SSB-2). He deployed in 2003 to kick off IRAQI FREEDOM and again in 2005 through 2006 as expeditionary logistics for TARAWA, CARL VINSON, RONALD REAGAN, and ABRAHAM LINCOLN Strike Groups in support of IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.
In October 2006, Chief of Naval Personnel selected Master Chief Huen for recall to serve as Action Officer, OPNAV N120 Sea Warrior Program Office. In October 2007, he was Flag-selected and recalled as the Navy’s Lead Agent in support of the 56th Presidential Inaugural. In November 2009, Master Chief Huen mobilized as the Command Master Chief, Navy Law and Order Detachment, Area Support Group-Kuwait. Master Chief Huen assumed duties in February 2010 as Deputy Director of Operations for Directorate Emergency Services, Area Support Group-Kuwait, which provided emergency response, law enforcement, and security to Coalition forces across 8 U.S. Army camps in support of the redeployment of 100,000 U.S. troops from Iraq. In January 2011, Master Chief Huen returned to the Selected Reserve (SELRES) as Command Master Chief, Surface Force Atlantic Reserve Detachment to assist AEGIS combatants prepare for Board of Inspection and Survey examinations and deployment. He was Flag-selected in October 2012 as Command Master Chief for Joint Task Force, 57th Presidential Inaugural. Returning to SELRES in April 2013, he served as the Submarine Force Reserve Component Total Force Coordinator. June 2015, Master Chief Huen trained his Navy Lead Agent replacements to support the 58th Presidential Inaugural before he mobilized as Command Master Chief of an expeditionary air base in the Middle East with 1800+ personnel to deliver Strike and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance missions directly against ISIS. He retired in September 2016 after 30+ years of service.
Master Chief Huen’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, service, and campaign awards. He has a Master’s Degree in Science, Education, and Technology from John Hopkins University; is a graduate and instructor of the Senior Enlisted Academy; is qualified NAVSEA LEAN Six Sigma; and is a Navy Disaster Preparedness Operations Specialist. He is married to the former Zena L. Lew of Washington, DC and resides with his family in Maryland.