David E. Glidwell

Master Chief Glidewell, originally from Sacramento, California, enlisted into the Navy in October 1989.

In January 1990, then SA Glidewell reported to the Naval Amphibious School in Coronado, CA. where he completed Second Class Diver Training.  In July 1990 he reported aboard USS PRAIRIE (AD 15) in Long Beach, CA. where he was assigned to R-7 Division and worked in the diving locker.  While onboard he advanced to HT3, completed two WestPacs and Surface Rescue Swimmer School. With his newly acquired skills as a sailor and a diver, Petty Officer Glidewell left the USS PRAIRIE and attended First Class Diver Training in Panama City, FL.  He graduated at the top of his class in January 1993 and reported to Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Keyport, WA. where he qualified as Diving and Chamber Supervisor.  Following his tour at NUWC, he reported to Trident Refit Facility where he advanced to First Class and assumed the role of Leading Petty Officer. 

In April 2000, he reported aboard USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) in Little Creek, VA. where he advanced to Chief Petty Officer.  During his tour onboard GRAPPLE he served as Deck Department Leading Chief and Damage Control Training Team member.  With three years of salvage and towing experience, HTC Glidewell now had the requisite knowledge to move towards Master Diver Qualification.  He then returned to Naval Undersea Warfare Center to serve three years as Leading Chief Petty Officer.  Upon completion of his tour he attended Master Diver Screening and was selected August 2006.

Next, Senior Chief Master Diver Glidewell took on the most challenging job of his career as the senior Enlisted Leader at Deep Submergence Unit.  Here he developed strategies to improve the readiness of 150 diverse members conducting four International Submarine Rescue exercises and certifying the Navy’s newest submarine rescue asset. 

In April 2009, he report to COMNAVSURFOR as the Force Master Diver.  As the principle advisor for all diving conducted by the SURFOR Enterprise he managed the Hull Cleaning Program, conducted Diving Operational Readiness Assessment’s throughout the Pacific Fleet, and served as a member of the Senior Enlisted Advisory Team.   In July 2012, Master Chief Glidewell transferred to Naval Special Warfare Group THREE where he led the Navy’s largest diving command for the conduct of lock-In/lock-out operations on Virginia class SSNs and Ohio class SSGNs in support of operations worldwide.  In December 2014, he graduated from the Senior Enlisted Academy prior to reporting to Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport as the Command Master Chief where he retired with over 30 years of service.

Master Chief Glidewell received an Associates Degree in Arts and Science from Olympic College in 2006 and a Bachelors Degree from Excelsior College in 2017. He is married to Charlotte Glidewell from Wheeling,


WV and they have four children and six grand- children.