Benson, Floyd, QM2

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1710-Foreign Area Officer (FAO)
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  1987-1988, 1710, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA

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October / 1987

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January / 1988

RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA Unit Page

Seaman Recruit

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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: Jul 6, 2018
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RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA

Blackard, Allen, CPO, (1988-2008) OFF 1710 Seaman Recruit
Franklin, Michael, SN, (1988-1992) OFF 1710 Seaman Recruit
Gustavel, Shawn, PO2, (1988-1996) OFF 1710 Seaman Recruit
McDougal, Kurt, FR, (1976-1996) OFF 1710 Fireman Recruit
Navarro, Susan, CDR, (1980-2001) OFF 110X Lieutenant
Werkman, Brent, LCDR, (1971-1995) OFF 613X Lieutenant
Rovreit, Timothy, PO1, (1988-2007) OFF 000X Airman
Woods, David, PO1, (1987-2007) OFF 000X Seaman Apprentice
Bowe-Rahming, Mike, LT, (1987-Present) OFF 000X Seaman Recruit
Dudas, Chris, CPO, (1987-2007) OFF 000X Seaman Recruit
Fletcher, Dennis, CPO, (1986-2010) OFF 000X Seaman Recruit
Hall, William, PO1, (1987-2007) OFF 000X Seaman Recruit
Harris, Michael, LCDR, (1987-2008) OFF 000X Seaman Recruit
Shauger, Earl, PO2, (1987-1993) OFF 000X Seaman Recruit
Weintraub, Carlos, PO1, (1987-2007) OFF 000X Seaman Recruit
Williams, Michael, CPO, (1988-Present) OFF 000X Seaman Recruit
Brown, Russ, MCPO, (1967-1993) EM EM-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Dublin, Marvin, CMC, (1976-2006) AD AD-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Gieser,III, George, SCPO, (1972-1992) MM MM-9508 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Romer, William, MCPO, (1972-1992) HT HT-9508 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Salling, JD, SCPO, (1974-1993) BT BT-9508 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Tooker, Tim, CMC, (1968-1999) TM TM-9508 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Totoris, Tom, MCPO, (1971-1997) EN EN-9508 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Woodford, Robert, SCPO, (1963-1992) NC NC-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Carr, JC, CPO, (1971-1993) 00 9508 Chief Petty Officer
Coleman, Kent, CPO, (1977-2000) IC IC-4777 Chief Petty Officer
Gilmer, Robert, CPO, (1967-1997) DP DP-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Harvey, Edwin, CPO, (1974-1995) MS MS-9508 Chief Petty Officer
Hughes, Brian, CMC, (1983-2007) 00 9508 Chief Petty Officer
Jackson, John, CWO3, (1976-2000) 00 9508 Chief Petty Officer
Jacques, Angelo, CPO, (1980-2000) GM GM-0981 Chief Petty Officer
Klaus, Jerry, SCPO, (1978-2000) 00 9508 Chief Petty Officer
Lambert, Eugene, MCPO, (1976-2003) 00 9508 Chief Petty Officer
Provancha, Gerald, CMC, (1977-2008) HT HT-9508 Chief Petty Officer
Rea, Andre, MCPO, (1975-2005) 00 9508 Chief Petty Officer
Sansano, Reynaldo, CPO, (1975-1999) SK SK-9508 Chief Petty Officer
Sexsion, Jose P, CWO3, (1966-1997) DK DK-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Bisson, Jim, CNOCM, (1976-2002) 00 9508 Petty Officer First Class
Clark, Michael, PO1, (1967-1988) RM RM-2305 Petty Officer First Class
Cook, Jeff, PO1, (1965-1995) RM RM-2312 Petty Officer First Class
Denn, Kenneth, PO1, (1978-1999) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Green, Ricardo, CWO4, (1975-2006) 00 9508 Petty Officer First Class
Guardado, Michael, PO1, (1967-1989) SM SM-9508 Petty Officer First Class
Harrison, James, CPO, (1977-1999) 00 9508 Petty Officer First Class
Schmidt, Thomas, CPO, (1977-1998) BM BM-9508 Petty Officer First Class
Smith, William, CPO, (1975-1998) GM GM-0812 Petty Officer First Class
Sto. Domingo, Arnel, CWO5, (1983-Present) 00 9508 Petty Officer First Class
Wertz, James, PO1, (1978-1999) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Borell, Eileen, SCPO, (1984-2007) CS CS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Brown, Byron, PO2, (1980-1988) AS AS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Harris, Leroy, LCDR, (1979-2004) DT DT-8707 Petty Officer Second Class
Johnson, Calvin, CPO, (1983-2006) PN PN-2612 Petty Officer Second Class
Willette, Kelly, PO1, (1984-1996) PN PN-2612 Petty Officer Second Class
Slinger, Arlene, PO2, (1987-1998) YN CYN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Ellis, Brian, PO2, (1986-1994) SR SR-0000 Seaman
Plack, Andrew, PO1, (1988-Present) SN SN-0000 Seaman
SMITH, WIL, PO1, (1987-2010) IT IT-0000 Seaman
Crite, Jerry, CWO3, (1974-1996) AO 8286 Airman
Henry, Steve, PO1, (1987-1998) AS AS-0000 Airman

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