Master Chief Petty Officer Erik P. Rasmussen is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico as a young teenager. He comes from a long line of military service; his father serving the US Air Force during the Viet Nam war, Uncle in the US Navy during WWII, and Grandfather who served in the Danish Navy throughout WWI. While serving as a Paramedic/Firefighter with the Albuquerque Fire Department, he enlisted in the Navy Reserves in February 1999 under the Advanced Pay Grade program. After recruit training, he was assigned to FH 500 CBTZ-21 DET B and completed Field Medical Service School at Camp Pendleton, California in 2000.
In 2001, he was assigned to NR NAVCENT MICFAC as the unit’s sole Corpsman where he advanced to HM1 and continued to support his Gaining Command in Bahrain.
In 2006, he reported to Naval Coastal Warfare Group 1, MIUWU 112 in St. Louis, Missouri and advanced to Chief Petty Officer. The same year he deployed to the SAG/UAE area of operations as acting IDC in support of force protection missions and escorts to USNS vessels. While on deployment, he earned his Expeditionary Warfare Specialist. In 2007, he returning from deployment and was recruited to NMPS San Diego, California to serve as the Medical Chief where he successfully deployed IA’s and units in support of OEF and OIF.
In 2008, he reported to NR Naval Security Forces DET Sasebo where he served for nearly 2 years overseas in support of Navy Security Forces, Joint Operations with the JMSDF and JGSDF while filling a gapped billet with NH Yokosuka, Sasebo Clinic. In 2011, he reported to NH Guam and served as Leading Chief Petty Officer for the Information Management Department.
In 2012, he reported back stateside serving as the Senior Enlisted Leader for EMF Dallas DET A.
In 2013, he reported to DESRON 1 for temporary duty serving as the IDC supervisor.
In 2014, he reported to Undersea Rescue Command where he helped develop rescue procedures for submarine rescue utilizing the new transfer under pressure system and deployed to Argentina in search of the ARA San Juan after its sinking. During his tenure at URC he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and earned the Deep Submergence Insignia. Subsequently, he promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer just after his departure.
In 2019, Master Chief Rasmussen reported to 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve and is currently serving as the Command Master Chief.
Master Chief’s Awards include (2) Navy Commendation Medals, (4) Navy Achievement Medals, Navy Unit Commendation, (2) Meritorious Unit Commendations, (5) Battle E’s, (2) Good Conduct Medals, (4) Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medals, GWOT Expeditionary and Service Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, (2) Overseas Service Ribbons, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2 deployments), Expert Rifle and Expert Pistol Medals.