Performance Excellence Solutions Manager
After serving more than twenty nine years in the United States Navy as an Operations Specialist, Command Master Chief and Fleet Master Chief, John “Flash” Minyard joined the Check-6 team in May 2013 as a coach for the North America Region.
Flash served as the 15th Fleet Master Chief as the Senior Enlisted Sailor for The U.S. Pacific Fleet encompassing 100-million square miles and approximately 178 ships, 1,500 aircraft and leading 160,000 Sailors, Marines and Civilians.
Prior to his selection into the Command Master Chief program, Flash served aboard USS Gridley (CG 21), USS California (CGN 36), and USS Howard (DDG 83) and completed six Western Pacific deployments.
Flash served as the lead Air Intercept Controller Supervisor at Pacific Missile Test Center, NAWC Point Mugu, Calif. during Operation Desert Storm. In June 1997, he reported to Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), where he served as the lead enlisted AICS instructor, training both aircrew and shipboard AIC tactics for the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor course. While there he completed over 6900 controller intercepts.
In June 2005 Flash assumed the duties as command master chief for Fighter Squadron 22 (VFA-22), the “Fighting Redcocks,” and deployed aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). He served as the senior enlisted for Carrier Air Wing Two, serving the commander of eight squadrons and 1,700 Sailors and completing a deployment on board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Flash next assignment was serving as the Senior Enlisted for Commander U.S. 3rd Fleet.
Flash is a graduate from U.S. Senior Enlisted Academy CMC COB Course of Instruction. He is also a graduate of the National Defense University’s Keystone Course.
Born and raised in Texas and now resided in Oahu, Hi with his wife Mechele and son Jake. He also has a daughter Jessa that resides in San Diego CA.
- 1 Legion of Merit
- 2 Meritorious Service Medal
- 4 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
- 5 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal