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Russell "Russ" Jeter is the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON).

He is portrayed by Charles Parnell.

BiographyEdit

At some point before he joined the crew of the USS Nathan James, he accidentally killed his wife and daughters in a car accident.

Early LifeEdit

United States Navy serviceEdit

Russ enlisted in the Navy at least 20 years (but less than 24 years) before the start of the Red Flu pandemic (as evidenced by the 5 service stripes he wears on his dress uniform, each indicating 4 years of service.)

Russ's current military rate is Command Master Chief Petty Officer (paygrade E-9), and as such is the highest enlisted sailor on the Nathan James, serving as an advisor to the captain and the liaison between the enlisted personnel and their commanding officer.

As Jeter has been seen assisting the engineers on several occasions, it is possible that his prior Navy rate before becoming Command Master Chief was some type of engineering rate.

At the beginning of the series, he serve as the USS Nathan James' Command Master Chief and occasionally acts as the ship's spiritual advisor, due to his strong religious faith.

During the timeframe of Season 5, now-MCPON Jeter states that he has been in the Navy for "just north of 30 years." This helps to establish a timeline for the events of The Last Ship: since Jeter had somewhere between 20-23 years of service in Season 1, a minimum of 7 years have passed between the beginning of the Red Flu pandemic in the Pilot episode, and the events of Season 5.

Events of The Last ShipEdit

Season 1Edit

Ep.9 Edit

Russ volunteers to test the vaccine. Whilst under quarantine, he becomes delusional and has visions about his daughters. (“Trials”)

Russ meets Amy Granderson and is later wounded in a gunfight with the State Troopers. (“No Place Like Home”)

Season 5 Edit

In the series finale, MCPON Jeter is one of the few still-living characters with whom Tom had served who appears in his hallucination as he is drowning, after Nathan James sinks ramming Gustavo's Battleship in order to end the war with Gran Colombia. Tom views, and then is part of, an award ceremony for him, which also serves as a change of command ceremony for Nathan James. When President Michener asks Tom if he is ready to be relieved (as commanding officer,) Tom hesitates and wonders aloud who he is passing responsibility onto. After many of the sailors sitting in the audience for the ceremony (who are also Tom's close friends and allies,) stand and declare that they have the watch, Tom is finally able to achieve peace and be able to mentally and emotionally let go of both Nathan James, and of the burdens he has carried around since the plague began, secure in the knowledge that others will always be there.

Ultimately, Tom decides to keep fighting, swim to the surface, and live.

Awards and DecorationsEdit

The following are the medals and service awards fictionally worn by Jeter.

Personal decorations

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Bronze Star Medal

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Purple Heart

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Meritorious Service Medal

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Joint Service Commendation Medal
Gold star
Gold star
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Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, w/2 gold award stars (3rd award)
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
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Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, w/3 gold award stars (4th award)
Unit awards
Bronze star
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Navy Unit Commendation, w/1 bronze service stars (2nd award)
Bronze star
Bronze star
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Meritorious Unit Commendation, w/2 bronze service star (3rd award)

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Navy “E” Ribbon, with Wreathed Battle "E" device
Service awards
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
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Navy Good Conduct Medal with one silver and two service stars (8th award)

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Navy Expeditionary Medal
Campaign and service medals
Bronze star
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National Defense Service Medal, w/1 bronze service star (2 awards)
Bronze star
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Iraq Campaign Medal, w/1 bronze service star (2nd award)

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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

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Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Service and training awards
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
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Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, w/3 bronze service stars (4th award)
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
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Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, w/3 bronze service star (4nd award)
Marksmanship awards
U.S. Navy Expert Rifleman Ribbon Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
United States Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with sharpshooter device Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with Sharpshooter Device
Other accoutrements
CPO command identification badge CPO command identification badge
Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia Enlisted surface warfare specialist
5 Service Stripes (reflecting 20 years of service)
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