Prater, John, NCCS

Navy Counselor
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
NC-9588-Career Information Program Advisor
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Navy Counselor
Primary Unit
1996-1998, NC-9588, USS Constellation (CV-64)
Previously Held NEC
00-0000-Unknown NEC Rating
AO-6801-Air Launch Weapons Technician
AO-9525-Ammunition Inventory Management Specialist
AO-0000-Aviation Ordnanceman
AO-6802-Strike Intermediate Armament Maintenanceman
NC-9585-Navy Recruiter Canvasser
NC-9589-Command Career Counselor
NC-9575-Correctional Custody Specialist Ashore
NC-9516-Correctional Counselor
Service Years
1974 - 1998
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Ditch
Order of the Rock
Order of the Spanish Main
Order of the Magellan
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Persian Excursion
Safari To Suez
Suez Canal
NC-Navy Counselor
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Navy Recruiting Gold Wreath Award (10th) Career Counselor U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms U.S. Navy Corrections

US Navy Retired 30 US Navy Retired 20 Battle E

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Shellback Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993

Cold War Medal Persian Gulf Yacht Club Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Emerald Shellback

Order of the Golden Dragon Persian Excursion US Marine Corps Honorable Discharge (Original) Cold War Veteran

Cold War Veteran GONZO Station Yacht Club Did the Ditch (Suez Canal) Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration

Vietnam 50th Anniversary Blue Water Navy Efficiency Excellence Award Retention Excellence Awards

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:


High upon a darkened shelf,

Now hides a special hat.

In a drawer lay t-shirts and shorts,

Folded neat, square and flat.


Sports coats, slacks, shirts and ties

Hang so neatly presenting.

Black sox rolled tight,

Shinning shoes dim light reflecting.


In the darkest corner, barely visible,

Golden chevrons peer at me.

Service stripes on the sleeve,

Empty spaces where emblems should be.


Gleaming buckle, buttons and snaps,

An eagle soars with poise and grace.

A uniform worn so long ago,

Hides from the sun in this sheltered place.


Multi colored ribbons and medals,

Once hung upon my chest.

Now in a shadow box or locker lay,

Memories now, along with all the rest.


Command patches, badges and pins,

The colors are faded growing old.

Blood and sweat have earned each one,

All have stories, some still untold.


Turned to go, but beckoned back,

My uniform calls, “ Let’s just see.”

So…we stand together for a time,

While the mirror smiles at my uniform and me.

John Vincent Prater

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 Countries Deployed To or Visited

The World is very small

Svalbard Spain United States of America Antarctica South Georgia Falkland Islands Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname French Guiana Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Chile Greenland Canada United States of America United States of America Israel Jordan Cyprus Qatar United Arab Emirates Oman Yemen Saudia Arabia Iraq Afghanistan Turkmenistan Iran Syria Singapore China Mongolia Papua New Guinea Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Malaysia Tiawan Philippines Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Burma Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Bhutan Nepal Pakistan Afghanistan Turkmenistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Japan North Korea South Korea Russia Kazakhstan Russia Montenegro Portugal Azerbaijan Armenia Georgia Ukraine Moldova Belarus Romania Bulgaria Macedonia Serbia Bosonia & Herzegovina Turkey Greece Albania Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Malta Spain Portugal Spain France Italy Italy Austria Switzerland Belgium France Ireland United Kingdom Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Russia Poland Czech Republic Germany Denmark The Netherlands Iceland El Salvador Guatemala Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Belize Mexico Trinidad & Tobago Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica The Bahamas Cuba Vanuatu Australia Solomon Islands Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda Burundi Madagascar Namibia Botswana South Africa Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe Mozambique Malawi Zambia Angola Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Central African Republic Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Burkina Fassu Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Sierra Leone Guinea Guinea Bissau The Gambia Senegal Mali Mauritania Niger Western Sahara Sudan Chad Egypt Libya Tunisia Morocco Algeria

AustraliaBahrainBahamas, TheBelizeCambodiaSri LankaCayman IslandsCape VerdeEgyptFranceGuamHong KongHondurasIndiaBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryCote d'IvoireIraqJapanJamaicaJohnston AtollKenyaKorea, SouthKuwaitLebanonMonacoMoroccoMexicoMalaysiaMarshall IslandsPhilippinesPuerto RicoSaudi ArabiaSingaporeSpainUnited Arab EmiratesThailandTurkeyTaiwanUnited StatesVietnamVirgin Islands

All the places I have been.

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 Ribbon Bar
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1977, OSVET Indoctrination (Great Lakes IL)1
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Marine Division(AO) Aviation Ordnance SchoolNAVSTA Roosevelt Roads, PRVA-105 Gunslingers
Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville, FL, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)USS Dale (CG-19)Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FLUSS Worden (CG-18)
School Assignments - StaffNaval Consolidated Brig Miramar (NAVCONBRIG), MCAS MiramarNTTC Lackland AFB TX (Faculty Staff)USS Constellation (CV-64)
NMC San Diego (Balboa Naval Hospital)
  1974-1976, 00-0000, 3rd Marine Division
  1977-1977, AO-6801, (AO) Aviation Ordnance School
  1977-1980, AO-9525, NAVSTA Roosevelt Roads, PR
  1978-1979, AO-0000, Vieques Detachment, Naval Ammunition Support Detachment (NASD)
  1981-1984, AO-6802, VA-105 Gunslingers
  1984-1988, NC-9585, Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville, FL, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
  1988-1990, NC-9589, USS Dale (CG-19)
  1990-1991, NC-9589, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL
  1991-1993, NC-9589, USS Worden (CG-18)
  1993-1993, NC-9575, US Army Corrections Officer Course
  1993-1996, NC-9516, Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar (NAVCONBRIG), MCAS Miramar
  1995-1995, NC-9516, NTTC Lackland AFB TX (Faculty Staff)
  1996-1998, NC-9588, USS Constellation (CV-64)
  1998-1998, NC-9588, NMC San Diego (Balboa Naval Hospital)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1974-1974 Training Exercise - RIMPAC '74
  1975-1975 NEO - Operation Eagle Pull (Cambodia)1
  1975-1975 NEO - Operation Frequent Wind (Vietnam)
  1975-1975 Operation New Life (Vietnam)
  1988-1988 Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) '88
  1991-1991 USS Worden (CG 18)
  1992-1993 Southwest Asia Ceasefire (Iraq)
  1992-2003 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
  1996-1996 Operation Gatekeeper 1996
  1997-1997 Operation Northern Watch (Iraq)
  1997-1997 Exercise Arabian Skies 1997
 Colleges Attended 
Florida Community College at JacksonvilleCentral Texas CollegeChapman UniversityFlorida Atlantic University
  1982-1984, Florida Community College at Jacksonville
  1991-1993, Central Texas College
  1994-1996, Chapman University
  1998-1998, Florida Atlantic University
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