Shotwell, Joe, RMC

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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1971-1971, RM-9502, Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
Previously Held NEC
00-0000-Unknown NEC Rating
RM-2304-Morse Code Operator
RM-2303-High Speed Morse Code Operator
Service Years
1952 - 1971
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Antarctic Circle
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Cold War
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Chief Petty Officer of the Command U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
  1990, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

Genealogical Research.  Presently creating and editting books of various family lines.

Other Comments:
After Retirement from the Navy in 1971, moved with family to Eagle River, Alaska.  In 1972 began attending college in Anchorage, Alaska studying Surveying Technology.  Earned an AAS Degree in 1974.  Workded part time during this period as an Instrument Man for a private survey firm in Anchorage, Alaska.

1974 Moved to Chiloquin, Oregon, began attending the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) at Klamath Falls, Ore., studying Civil Engineering. 

Summer 1975 returned to Alaska as a Coop Student Survey Technician for the office of the Alaska Bureau of Land Management.  Surveyed the Alaska Native Villiage Townsite of Holy Cross, on the Yukon River, - employing Airborne Control Survey techniques, which used Helicopters to drop survey monuments at the intersection of  predetermined angles and distances from set control positions on the ground.  Once a week, went to the position of the survey monuments that had been dropped and moved and set them at the proper point for the corner of the section(s). 

Returned to Oregon and OIT, attended classes for one semester and dropped out of College. 

Worked for a while as a survey technician for an Engineering Firm in Klamath Falls. 

1976-1977 Built our home on the Agency Lake, near Chiloquin, Ore.

1977 returned to OIT, continued studies full time, carrying from 12-21 Credits per term - 1979 Graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering. 

Took a Job with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Santa Fe, NMex.  as a Professional Surveyor.  Went from Santa Fe to Denver, Colorado, to Grand Junction Colorado where I was in charge of a survey project office, to Denver, Colorado where I was a Survey Reviewer, to Gallup, NMex. where I was Project Manager of the Navajo Indian Reservation Surveys, to Phoenix, Az. where I was the GCDB Section Chief. 

I retired at the BLM State Office in Phoenix, Az. in 1993.  During my career as a Professional Surveyor for the U.S. Governement, I progressed up the ladder from GS-7 to GM-13. 

I  eventually moved back to the state of my birth, where my wife and I now live in retirement.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1952, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 2771
 Duty Stations
Army National Guard (ANG)Professional Schools and CoursesUSS St. Francis River (LSMR-525)NAB Coronado
NAVSTA Norfolk, VANAVCOMSTA Washington DCNaval Support Force Antarctica (NSFA)Joint Task Force Support Forces Antarctica
NAS Moffett FieldInstructors Training SchoolCommander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)Submarine School Enlisted Basic
US NavyNAVCOMSTA JapanFTC (Faculty Staff) San Diego, CANSY Portsmouth
USS Mobile (LKA-115)NAVCOMMSTA San Miguel PINaval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
  1949-1950, 00-0000, Army National Guard (ANG)
  1952-1952, RM-0000, (RM) Radioman A School
  1952-1955, RM-2304, USS St. Francis River (LSMR-525)
  1955-1955, RM-2304, NAB Coronado/LCU Squadron 3
  1955-1956, RM-2304, NAB Coronado/LCU Division 11
  1956-1957, RM-2304, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1957-1957, RM-2304, NAVCOMSTA Washington DC
  1957-1957, RM-2304, Naval Support Force Antarctica (NSFA)
  1957-1958, RM-2304, Joint Task Force Support Forces Antarctica
  1958-1958, RM-2304, Naval Support Force Antarctica (NSFA)/Det Christchurch
  1958-1959, RM-2304, NAS Moffett Field
  1959-1959, RM-2304, Instructors Training School
  1959-1960, RM-2304, Naval Reserve Electronics Training Facility
  1960-1960, RM-2304, Submarine School Enlisted Basic
  1960-1962, RM-2303, 13th Naval District
  1962-1966, RM-2303, NAVCOMSTA Japan
  1966-1966, RM-9502, Instructors Training School
  1966-1966, RM-9502, Santa Barbara
  1966-1966, RM-9502, FTC (Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1966-1969, RM-9502, Santa Barbara
  1969-1969, RM-9502, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1969-1969, RM-9502, NSY Portsmouth
  1969-1970, RM-9502, USS Mobile (LKA-115)
  1970-1971, RM-9502, NAVCOMMSTA San Miguel PI
  1971-1971, RM-9502, Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1955-1955 First Taiwan Strait Crisis (China)
  1957-1958 Operation Deep Freeze
 Colleges Attended 
University of Alaska, Anchorage
  1972-1974, University of Alaska, Anchorage
  1975-1979, Oregon Institute of Technology
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