Belmares, Ernest, CMC

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Current/Last Rank
Command Master Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
9580-Command Master Chief
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Command Master Chief
Primary Unit
2012-Present, 9580, USS Mobile Bay (CG-53)
Service Years
1987 - Present
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Order of the Ditch
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Six Hash Marks

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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Command Recruiting Command of Excellence

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Shellback

 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Navy League of the United StatesSurface Navy AssociationSan Diego Chapter
  2001, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Surface Navy Association [Verified]
  2013, United States Navy Cruiser Sailors Association, San Diego Chapter (Member) (San Diego, California)

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  1990-1993, 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: Mar 27, 2008
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RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA

Montgomery, Steve, LT, (1983-1990) Lieutenant
Langston, James, LT, (1976-2003) Chief Warrant Officer 2
Tolentino, Alfredo, MCPO, (1969-1999) Senior Chief Petty Officer
Willard, Robert, CMC, (1976-2002) Senior Chief Petty Officer
DeWees, Wayne, CWO2, (1979-2000) Chief Petty Officer
Howal, William, CWO4, (1982-2007) Chief Petty Officer
Martell, Glenn, MCPO, (1979-2002) Chief Petty Officer
Wiseman, Terry, CPO, (1980-2000) Chief Petty Officer
Arnold, George, PO1, (1973-1993) Petty Officer First Class
Bower, Anthony, CWO4, (1980-2009) Petty Officer First Class
Cordova, Ruben, PO1, (1977-1999) Petty Officer First Class
Hoener, Michael, CPO, (1977-2001) Petty Officer First Class
Langley, Richard, CWO3, (1981-2007) Petty Officer First Class
Lanier, Richard, LCDR, (1980-2007) Petty Officer First Class
Matos, Angel, PO1, (1987-2007) Petty Officer First Class
MILLER, RONALD, PO1, (1992-2007) Petty Officer First Class
Newbill, Gerard, CPO, (1981-2005) Petty Officer First Class
Stornable, Joseph, PO1, (1978-1998) Petty Officer First Class
O'Brien, Joseph, MCPO, (1985-2008) Petty Officer Second Class
Spicer, William, CPO, (1985-2005) Petty Officer Second Class
VEACH, WILLIAM, CPO, (1986-2006) Petty Officer Second Class
Franklin, Leonardo, LT, (1987-Present) Petty Officer Third Class
Belser, Andre, CPO, (1993-2007) Seaman
Bidwell, Christopher, PO2, (1991-2000) Seaman
Bracher, David, LTJG, (1993-Present) Seaman
Bucko, David, SCPO, (1990-Present) Seaman
Camacho, Francisco, PO3, (1991-1994) Seaman
Chambers, Odarious, LCDR, (1993-Present) Seaman
Coleman, Marcus, PO1, (1990-Present) Seaman
Couvillon, Jason, PO2, (1991-1997) Seaman
Delosreyes, Lex, CPO, (1990-2007) Seaman
Farlett, Paul, PO1, (1991-Present) Seaman
Finerty, Richard, PO1, (1990-2010) Seaman
Gacutan, Patrick, PO1, (1991-Present) Seaman
Goodman, Robert, PO1, (1993-Present) Seaman
Johnson, John, PO2, (1991-1998) Seaman
Lewis, Timothy, CPO, (1990-Present) Seaman
Manning, Aaron, SCPO, (1993-2008) Seaman
Martin, Michael, SCPO, (1990-2008) Seaman
Mathers, Joseph, CPO, (1993-2007) Seaman
McDonough, Sean, PO3, (1993-1997) Seaman
McRoberts, Michael, SCPO, (1991-2007) Seaman
MUNAR, RONNIE, CPO, (1993-2008) Seaman
Nichols, Matt, PO1, (1992-2008) Seaman
O'Donoghue, John, CPO, (1993-Present) Seaman
Ochoa, Antonio, CDR, (1987-Present) Seaman
Reid, Michael, LT, (1992-2017) Seaman
Reynolds, Vondale, PO1, (1990-2004) Seaman
Richmond, Blaine, PO1, (1992-2008) Seaman
SIMMONS, KONWARD, PO1, (1992-2010) Seaman
Smith, Neil, CPO, (1993-Present) Seaman
Stock, Joseph, MCPO, (1991-Present) Seaman
Streittmatter, Kevin, MCPO, (1990-2011) Seaman
Strozier, Martin, CPO, (1990-Present) Seaman
Town, Charles, CPO, (1993-Present) Seaman
Williamson, Jon, PO2, (1992-2012) Seaman
Zenger, Randall, PO1, (1992-Present) Seaman
Bliley, Stephen, PO3, (1990-1993) Fireman
Buncab, Michael, CPO, (1992-2007) Fireman

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