Collins, Gary Dean, SN

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1968-1968, SN-0000, Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)
Service Years
1966 - 1968

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Home Town
Last Address
Rural Route # 2
Jamestown, KS 66948

Casualty Date
Sep 28, 1968
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Jamestown Cemetery - Jamestown, Kansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
42W 034

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  1966-1966, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA

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 RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA Details

RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA

History of the Naval Training Center

In the mid-1920s, the City of San Diego hoped to strengthen its economic ties with the military, and offered more than 200 acres of land to the Navy at the north end of San Diego Bay to entice it to move the Recruit Training Station from San Francisco.

Building NTC

Throughout its 70-year history as a military base, the mission of Naval Training Center (NTC), San Diego, had been to provide primary, advanced and specialized training for members of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Naval Reserve. In support of that mission, NTC expanded to include 300 buildings with nearly three million square feet of space. In designing the first buildings at the training station, Navy architects adopted the Mission Revival style. Within a few years, harbor improvements deepened the channel and anchorages in San Diego Bay and added 130 acres of filled land to the Naval Training Station, which was later renamed the Naval Training Center. Development of the base occurred in phases, often in direct response to national defense priorities. As a result, there was no comprehensive plan for NTC, and buildings were scattered throughout the base or existed in small clusters. The base eventually expanded to almost 550 acres.

By the early 1990s, San Diego had become home to more than one-sixth of the Navy's entire fleet. San Diego had more than a dozen major military installations, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the local economy with more than 133,000 uniformed personnel and another 30,000 civilians relying on the military for their livelihood.

Contributing to the Economy

In annual payroll alone for both military and civilian personnel, NTC contributed almost $80 million to the San Diego economy, according to the Navy's 1994 budget. Each year, more than 28,000 visitors came to graduations at NTC, and 80 percent of those visitors were from out of town, contributing almost $7 million annually to the local economy. Beyond these payroll and visitor expenditures, the Navy spent an additional $10 million for base operation support contracts.

NTC Closes

The end of the Cold War led to military downsizing and the need to close surplus bases. In 1993, the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission slated NTC for eventual closure.

The Navy closed NTC facilities incrementally. As the military functions on the base dwindled, so did the Navy's budget. Fearing that the lack of activity on the base would lead to security problems, the City and Navy entered into a master lease agreement in 1995 allowing the City interim use of 67 acres of the base site. The agreement was later amended to include more than half of the NTC property, with approximately 75 buildings occupied by interim users. These buildings were subleased from the City to various parties including film companies, nonprofit organizations, City departments, and small businesses. In addition, interim leasing allowed the City to maintain the buildings and landscape areas at a higher standard of maintenance than an otherwise decreasing Navy caretaker budget could provide. The Navy officially closed NTC on April 30, 1997, and all military operations ceased.

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Recruit Training Center (RTC) (Faculty Staff)


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OFF Garrett, James, CAPT 29

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2012
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68 Members Also There at Same Time
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA

Lockwood, Ralph Huntington, CAPT, (1938-1968) Captain
Hernandez Jr, Michael, CPO, (1966-1991) Seaman
Thomas, Rodney, CPO, (1986-2007) Fireman
Roe, Michael P., CPO, (1966-1990) Airman
Hardin, John, MCPO, (1966-1997) Seaman Apprentice
Milne, Tom, SCPO, (1966-1987) Seaman Apprentice
Vigue, Gary Joseph, PO3, (1966-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Mitchell, Clinton, MCPO, (1966-1993) Fireman Apprentice
Kosik, Joseph, AN, (1965-1967) Airman Apprentice
Bridger, Patrick, PO2, (1966-1969) Seaman Recruit
Enderle, Frank, LCDR, (1966-1992) Seaman Recruit
Fink, James, CPO, (1965-1991) Seaman Recruit
Henderson, Archie, SN, (1966-1970) Seaman Recruit
Hodges, Duane Daniel, PO3, (1966-1968) Seaman Recruit
Holien, Terry, SN, (1965-1969) Seaman Recruit
Kjenaas, Thomas, CPO, (1966-1987) Seaman Recruit
Pederson, Jerald, PO1, (1965-1970) Seaman Recruit
Peterson, Larry, MCPO, (1966-1989) Seaman Recruit
Thompson, Forrest Randy, CPO, (1966-1994) Seaman Recruit
Todd, Don, PO3, (1966-1971) Seaman Recruit
Woydziak, John, PO1, (1965-1989) Seaman Recruit
Beden, W. Brent, PO3, (1966-1970) Constructionman Recruit
Donaldson, Larry, CPO, (1966-1986) Airman Recruit
Evans, Raymond, CPO, (1983-2007) Airman Recruit
Wright, Larry A., PO3, (1966-1970) Airman Recruit
Tobin, Billy, MCPO, (1949-1981) AO 8286 Chief Petty Officer
Cook, Jeff, PO1, (1965-1995) RM RM-2312 Petty Officer First Class
Deal, Richard, MCPO, (1956-1976) EN EN-9508 Petty Officer First Class
McInnes, Archie, SCPO, (1965-1985) SK SK-0000 Seaman
McKennon, Terry, PO2, (1966-1973) 00 Seaman
Boyd, Ron, CMC, (1966-1993) SA SA-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Hammond, Leonard, LT, (1966-1994) SK LS-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Kennamer, Larry, LCDR, (1966-1996) OFF Seaman Apprentice
Olson, David, LCDR, (1966-1997) GM Seaman Apprentice
Butterworth, Charles, PO2, (1966-1971) EM EM-0000 Fireman Apprentice
Garner, Delbert, SCPO, (1966-1993) 00 Airman Apprentice
Berglund, Greg, PO2, (1966-1973) FA Seaman Recruit
Brock, Lynn, CPO, (1965-1988) 00 Seaman Recruit
Brown, James, MCPO, (1966-1995) OFF 1710 Seaman Recruit
Evans, George, PO3, (1966-1970) OFF Seaman Recruit
Garner, Dale, PO1, (1966-1986) SR SR-0000 Seaman Recruit
Jackson, William (Bill), PO3, (1966-1970) SR SR-0000 Seaman Recruit
Johnson, Jay, PO2, (1966-1970) SR SR-0000 Seaman Recruit
Petty, Dave, PO1, (1965-1991) SA SA-0000 Seaman Recruit
Roy, Robert, HN, (1966-1969) SN SN-0000 Seaman Recruit
Steffen, Norm, LCDR, (1965-1989) 00 Seaman Recruit
Sutherland, John, CMC, (1966-2001) ABH Seaman Recruit
Walker, Gary, PO2, (1966-1970) SA SA-0000 Seaman Recruit
Wooters, Larry, SN, (1965-1971) SR SR-0000 Seaman Recruit
Lussier, Lee, PO1, (1966-1973) HA HA-0000 Hospitalman Recruit
March, Charles, SCPO, (1965-1992) FN FN-0000 Fireman Recruit
Morgan, Bruce, PO2, (1965-1969) 00 00-0000 Fireman Recruit
Espeland, Richard, PO2, (1966-1972) AR AR-0000 Airman Recruit
Hoyer, Barry, PO1, (1966-1979) OFF Airman Recruit
Martin, Ray, PO2, (1965-1970) 00 00-0000 Airman Recruit
Marvin, Gerald, MCPO, (1966-1997) 00 Airman Recruit
Bonomelli, Raymond, PO1, (1966-1985) Seaman
Martin, Michael, SCPO, (1965-1995) Seaman
Tingwall, Jerry, PO2, (1966-1970) Seaman Apprentice

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