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Jerry M. Woller is a native of San Diego, CA. He was born at Balboa Naval Hospital to LT Robert H. Woller USN and Sarah K. Woller. He graduated from Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, CA where he spent the majority of his life. In 1988 Woller enlisted in the Navy Reserves under the Delayed Entry Program and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Fla. in August 1989. He then reported to the Naval Schools of Photography located at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. and graduated top of his class in February 1990. His first duty station was at Naval Air Reserve, Point Mugu where he was assigned to the photo lab. For his first annual training in August 1990 Woller went to Naval Air Reserve, Norfolk and to Oceana Naval Air Station to work in the photo lab. During this time Iraq had invaded Kuwait and Operation Desert Shield had begun. In October 1990 Woller reported to Fleet Combat Camera Group Pacific located on Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, CA. He would stay assigned to Combat Camera for the next 21 years. Throughout his tour Woller advanced to PH3 in 1991 and then to PH2 in 1993. He earned his Naval Air Crewman wings in June 1996. In 1998 he was advanced to PH1 and in 2000 he completed a six month ADSW with Combat Camera and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification while onboard the USS Germantown (LSD 42) during CARAT 2000 that July. In June 2001 he was selected for Chief Petty Officer and was the only reserve PHC selected that year. Following 9-11 he trained for and was chosen to lead a documentation team in Kuwait with units from Naval Special Warfare and Polish Special Forces (GROM) which lasted until June 2002. In April 2003 he was mobilized to Combat Camera, until March 2005. During this time he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Det Alfa-Japan, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines, Pres. Ronald Reagan funeral and led the first documentation team to Operation Unified Assistance (Indian Ocean tsunami 2004). Upon returning from Indonesia he demobilized and returned to a drilling status. In 2006 he was promoted to Photographers Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer. Later that year he was again mobilized, this time to Task Force-134 (Detainee Operations), Baghdad, Iraq. Here he instructed detention facilities how to properly video record detainee questionings. On December 31, 2006 Woller documented the transfer of Saddam Hussein from US to Iraqi custody just prior to the execution of the former dictator. In July 2006 he demobilized and returned to drilling with Combat Camera. In July 2009 Woller was selected and promoted to Master Chief. In September 2009 Master Chief Woller was mobilized for his fourth time and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as the Joint Combat Camera NCOIC. He extended his six month deployment by four extra months to ensure he was the last Navy member of Joint Combat Camera to leave Iraq. Returning from deployment he drilled with Combat Camera until March 2010. In April 2010 he reported to Navy Public Affairs Support Element-HQ as the Command Master Chief. He served in that role until September 2016 when he transitioned to his role as the Vice Chief of Information – Command Master Chief and the reserve MC community leader. In his civilian career he is the Lead Visual Information Specialist at Fort Campbell, KY where he has worked since April 2008. His personal awards include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other campaign and unit commendations. Master Chief Woller is married to Danielle M. Woller and they have two sons: Patrick who is in the Navy (3rd generation) and Christian.