Aponte, Julio, IT1

Information Systems Technician
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USN Active
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
IT-2780-Network Security Vulnerability Technician
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Information Systems Technician
Primary Unit
2007-2007, IT-2780, USS Simpson (FFG-56)
Previously Held NEC
IT-2735-Information Systems Administrator
Service Years
1980 - 2008
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Operation Desert Storm
Cold War
Great Lakes
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Order of the Antarctic Circle
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Order of the Ditch
Order of the Shellback
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Sandbox Sailor Operation Iraqi Freedom
Sailor of the Quarter
Suez Canal
IT-Information Systems Technician
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U.S. Navy Security U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

Cold War Veteran Did the Ditch (Suez Canal)

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What are you doing now:
OIF - BAGHDAD, IRAQ until Dec 07
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  2001-2002, IT-2735, USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

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Petty Officer First Class

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 USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Details

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

The USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) seal was produced from the combined efforts of several crewmembers with historical help from the Stennis Center for Public Service, the John C. Stennis Space Center and the United States Senate Historian. The Seal implies peace through strength, just as Senator Stennis was referred to as an "unwavering advocate of peace through strength" by President Ronald Reagan, when the ship's name was announced in June 1988. 

The circular shape signifies the NIMITZ class aircraft carrier's unique ability to circle the world without refueling while providing a forward presence from the sea. The predominant colors are red, white, blue and gold, the same as our country and our Navy. The outer border, taken from one version of a U.S. Senate crest, represents the strength through unity of the ship's crew. 

The four gold bands and eight ties denote John C. Stennis' four decades (41 years) in the Senate and the eight presidents with which he served from President Truman to President Reagan. The seven stars in the blue border represent his seven terms in the Senate and characterize USS JOHN C. STENNIS as the seventh NIMITZ class aircraft carrier. 

The red and white stripes inside the blue border represent our flag and the American people USS JOHN C. STENNIS serves. They also honor the courage and sacrifice of our country's Armed Forces.

The eagle and shield is a representation of the gilt eagle and shield overlooking the Old Senate Chamber, which Senator Stennis' dedicated efforts helped to restore. 

The shield represents the United States of America, the country USS JOHN C. STENNIS and her Air Wing serves and protects. 

The twenty stars represent our twentieth state, Mississippi, the home of John C. Stennis. 

The three arrows in the eagles' talons symbolize the Ship and Air Wing's awesome ability to project power. They also represent Senator John C. Stennis over three decades on both the Senate Armed Service Committee (37 years) and Appropriations Committee (33 years), where he oversaw our country's military capabilities and earned the title "Father of America's Modern Navy." 

The burst of light emanating from the shield, representative of the emergence of a new nation in the United State Senate Seal, portrays the birth of over 25 major Aviation programs under Senator Stennis' leadership, including all aircraft carriers from USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) to USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), and aircraft from the F-4 Phantom to the F/A- 18 Hornet. 

The eagle is representative of John C. Stennis stature in the U. S. Senate where he was respected and admired as a "soaring eagle" by his colleagues. It also symbolizes independence and strength and depicts the constant readiness of USS JOHN C. STENNIS and her Air Wing to preserve, protect and defend freedom. 

The carrier, cutting her powerful swath through the sea, exemplifies Senator Stennis' philosophy of "Look Ahead." Embodied in the ship are the principles of honor, courage and commitment, principles that John Cornelius Stennis constantly upheld in his service to America, and values the ship's crew will uphold in their service. The carrier's path also evokes John C. Stennis' pledge to "plow a straight furrow down to the end of my row," just as the ship will steer a steady course to complete all missions in the preservation and defense of freedom. 


The nuclear-powered USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) was contracted on 29 March 1988, and the keel was laid on 13 March 1991 at Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va.

The ship was christened on 11 November 1993, in honor of Senator John Cornelius Stennis (D-Mississippi) who served in the Senate from 1947 to 1989. The daughter of the ship’s namesake, Mrs. Margaret Stennis-Womble, was the ship’s sponsor. Stennis was commissioned on 9 December 1995 at Naval Station Norfolk, Va, and she conducted flight deck certification in January 1996. The first arrested landing was by a VX-23 F-14B. The ship conducted numerous Carrier Qualifications and Independent Steaming Exercises off the East Coast throughout the next two years. Included among these events was the first carrier landing of an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet on 18 January 1997.

On 26 February 1998 withCarrier Air Wing Sevenembarked, Stennis left Norfolk for her maiden deployment, transiting the Suez Canal on 7 March and arriving in thePersian Gulf on 11 March 1998. The ship traveled 8020 nm in 274 hours, an average speed of 29.4 knots (54.4 km/h) to relieve USSGeorge Washington in conducting Operation Southern Watch missions. Stennis departed the Persian Gulf on 19 July 1998 for her new home port of Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California, arriving on 26 August 1998.

In October 1998, Stennis entered a 6-month Phased Incremental Availability for maintenance and upgrades at North Island, returning to sea in April 1999. During the maintenance period, a jet blast deflector collapsed, severely injuring two sailors.

On 30 November 1999, Stennis ran aground in a shallow area adjacent to the turning basin near North Island. Silt clogged the intake pipes to the steam condensing systems for the nuclear reactor plants, causing the carrier’s two nuclear reactors to be shut down (one reactor by crew, the other automatically) for a period of 45 minutes. Stennis was towed back to her pier for maintenance and observation for the next two days. The cleanup cost was about $2 million.

2000 – Persian Gulf/Pacific Ocean


On 7 January 2000, Stennis deployed to the Persian Gulf to relieve USS John F. Kennedy in Operation Southern Watch. During the deployment, the ship made port visits to South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Australia, before returning to San Diego on 3 July 2000.

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacksStennis conducted Noble Eagle missions off the U.S. West Coast.


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USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

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Thomas, Gordon, PO1, (1987-2007) IT IT-2735 Petty Officer First Class
Boyd, Bradley, PO2, (1999-2004) IT IT-2735 Petty Officer Second Class
Crawford-Bales, Beverly, ENS, (2000-Present) IT IT-2735 Petty Officer Second Class
Thurman, David, PO1, (1993-Present) IT IT-2735 Petty Officer Second Class
Medrano, Angel, SCPO, (1980-2007) IT IT-2379 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Forestiere, Pam, CPO, (1982-2004) IT IT-2777 Chief Petty Officer
Harrison, Edward, SCPO, (1988-2011) IT IT-2780 Chief Petty Officer
Johnson, Henry, CPO, (1984-2006) IT IT-2319 Chief Petty Officer
Colbert, Robert, PO1, (1991-2007) IT IT-2319 Petty Officer First Class
Mark, Patricia, PO1, (1986-2007) IT IT-2321 Petty Officer First Class
Marsh, Joseph, PO1, (1990-2007) IT IT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Williams, Danielle, CDR, (1988-Present) IT IT-2781 Petty Officer First Class
Windhorst, David, PO1, (1995-2004) IT IT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Andrews, Megan, CPO, (1994-Present) IT IT-2779 Petty Officer Second Class
BORDER, DAVID, PO2, (2001-2007) IT IT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Caban, Melissa, PO1, (2002-Present) IT IT-2379 Petty Officer Second Class
Castro, JoPete, PO2, (1997-2005) IT IT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Cowan, Josh, PO1, (2000-2008) IT IT-2781 Petty Officer Second Class
Ferri, Mark, PO2, (1985-2001) IT IT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Giron, Maria, PO1, (1995-2006) IT IT-2318 Petty Officer Second Class
Henry, Kareem, SCPO, (2000-Present) IT IT-2379 Petty Officer Second Class
McLain, Kelley, CPO, (1998-2008) IT IT-2379 Petty Officer Second Class
Pauley, John, PO1, (2000-Present) IT IT-2781 Petty Officer Second Class
Ream, Jared, PO1, (1993-2004) IT IT-2720 Petty Officer Second Class
Santos, Bonnie, PO1, (1995-2006) IT IT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Udom, Jarin, PO2, (1999-2004) IT IT-2780 Petty Officer Second Class
Ulloa, Jason, PO2, (2001-2011) IT IT-2780 Petty Officer Second Class
Villalpando, Eustacio, PO1, (1997-Present) IT IT-2379 Petty Officer Second Class
Jefferson, Sherwanna, PO1, (1997-2007) IT IT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Matthiensen, Jeff, PO1, (1995-Present) IT IT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Noble, Elizabeth, PO2, (1999-2007) IT IT-2379 Petty Officer Third Class
Barnaby, Lisa, SN, (2000-2004) IT IT-0000 Seaman
Rea, Christopher, PO2, (2000-2007) IT IT-0000 Seaman
Personius, William, CAPT, (1976-2010) OFF 131X Captain
Segura, John, CAPT, (1983-Present) OFF 163X Commander
Shanahan, Curt, CDR, (1984-2004) OFF 152X Commander
Duffy, Ellen, LCDR, (1982-2007) OFF 641X Lieutenant Commander
Fahrenkrug, Ed, LCDR, (1986-2008) OFF 132X Lieutenant Commander
Fernandez, Horacio, CDR, (1977-Present) OFF 638X Lieutenant Commander
Hill, Andy, LCDR, (1976-2004) OFF 640X Lieutenant Commander
Imperial, Rolando, LCDR, (1976-2005) OFF 618X Lieutenant Commander
Kratochwill, Paul, CDR, (1985-2007) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Lewis, Alan, LCDR, (1977-2001) OFF 618X Lieutenant Commander
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BROWN, ROBERT, LCDR, (1984-2010) OFF 651X Lieutenant
Brown-Conner, Sonya, LCDR, (1988-2008) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Courtney, Valencia, LCDR, (1981-2007) OFF 160X Lieutenant
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Foster, Laura, CDR, (1987-Present) OFF 310X Lieutenant
Front, Chris, LCDR, (1998-2007) OFF 230X Lieutenant
Hewlett, Benjamin, CDR, (1991-2007) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Patterson, Brian, LCDR, (1983-2007) OFF 616X Lieutenant
Rosenberry, Michael, LCDR, (1983-2008) OFF 619X Lieutenant
Rwizi, Shupai, LT, (1996-2001) OFF 130X Lieutenant
Spracklen, Paul, LCDR, (1986-2011) OFF 640X Lieutenant
Tolliver, David, LT, (1987-2008) OFF 111X Lieutenant
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