Stuvengen, Kurt, BTC

Boiler Technician
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
BT-4505-Steam Propulsion Maintenance Supervisor
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Boiler Technician
Primary Unit
1995-1999, 9559, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Yokosuka/Det Sasebo
Previously Held NEC
BT-0000-Boiler Technician
MS-3538-Bachelor Quarters Specialist
BT-9502-Instructor
9559-Engineering Bulk Fuel System (Shore) Technician
Service Years
1978 - 1999
Foreign Language(s)
Japanese
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Desert Storm
Cold War
Iwo Jima
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Persian Excursion
BT-Boiler Technician
Five Hash Marks


 Ribbon Bar
Surface Warfare Enlisted Badge
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge

 

 Official Badges 

Master Training Specialist US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993

Persian Gulf Yacht Club Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Golden Dragon Persian Excursion

Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran Excellence Award for the best Damage Control Crews Engineering/Survivability Excellence Award

Efficiency Excellence Award


 Military Association Memberships
Post 1621, Kienow-Hilt PostUnited States Navy Cruiser Sailors AssociationBranch 376United States Navy Memorial
Post 209National Chief Petty Officers AssociationPatriot Guard RidersUSS Reeves (DLG/CG-24) Association
Navy Together We ServedAmerican Gulf War Veterans Association
  1981, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 1621, Kienow-Hilt Post (Member) (Janesville, Wisconsin) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1981, United States Navy Cruiser Sailors Association [Verified]
  1982, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 376 (Member) (Madison, Wisconsin) [Verified]2 - Chap. Page
  1986, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1989, American Legion, Post 209 (Adjutant ) (Orfordville, Wisconsin) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  1999, International Chief Petty Officers Association
  1999, National Chief Petty Officers Association [Verified]
  2006, Patriot Guard Riders
  2006, USS Reeves (DLG/CG-24) Association [Verified]
  2007, Navy Together We Served [Verified]
  2008, American Gulf War Veterans Association


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Steaming Boilers (what else)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1979, Recruit Training (Orlando, FL), 156
 Duty Stations
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Reeves (CG-24)Yokosuka, JapanFTC (Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
Afloat Training Group Western Pacific (Faculty Staff)Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)Commander Naval Forces Japan/Commander Fleet Activities YokosukaNaval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Millington, TN
USS Dubuque (LPD-8)Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILLSan Diego, CA  (Faculty Staff)Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Yokosuka/Det Sasebo
  1979-1980, BT-0000, (BT) Boiler Technician A School
  1979-1980, BT-0000, (BT) Boiler Technicial Advanced Operators School
  1980-1982, BT-0000, USS Reeves (CG-24)
  1982-1982, Yokosuka, Japan
  1982-1985, BT-4505, USS Reeves (CG-24)
  1983-1983, BT-4505, FTC (Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1983-1983, Afloat Training Group Western Pacific (Faculty Staff)
  1985-1986, BT-4505, USS Reeves (CG-24)
  1986-1986, BT-4505, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1986-1988, MS-3538, Commander Naval Forces Japan/Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka
  1987-1987, MS-3538, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Millington, TN
  1988-1991, BT-4505, USS Dubuque (LPD-8)
  1991-1992, BT-4505, USS Dubuque (LPD-8)
  1992-1995, BT-9502, Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1995-1995, 9559, San Diego, CA (Faculty Staff)
  1995-1999, 9559, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Yokosuka/Det Sasebo
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1979-1981 Iran Hostage Crisis
  1981-1981 Training Exercise - Beacon Compass '81
  1981-1981 Training Exercise - Beacon Compass '81
  1982-1982 Training Exercise - Team Spirit '82
  1982-1982 READEX 82
  1984-1984 FLEETEX 85
  1985-1985 Training Exercise - Team Spirit '85
  1986-1986 Training Exercise - Team Spirit '86
  1987-1987 Operation Earnest Will (Iran)
  1987-1988 Operation Earnest Will (Iran)
  1989-1989 Training Exercise - Team Spirit '89
  1989-1989 Valiant Usher 1989
  1989-1989 Operation Classic Resolve (Philippines)
  1989-1989 Exercise Thalay 1989
  1989-1989 Training Exercise - PACEX '89
  1989-1989 Training Exercise - PACEX '89
  1990-1990 Valiant Usher 1990
  1990-1990 Training Exercise - Team Spirit '90
  1990-1990 Training Exercise - Valiant Blitz '90
  1990-1991 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia Campaign/Operation Desert Shield
  1991-1991 Training Exercise - Team Spirit '91
  1992-1992 Valiant Usher 1992
  2004-2004 Training Exercise - Ulchi-Focus Lens '04
 Military Association Memberships
Post 1621, Kienow-Hilt PostUnited States Navy Cruiser Sailors AssociationBranch 376United States Navy Memorial
Post 209National Chief Petty Officers AssociationPatriot Guard RidersUSS Reeves (DLG/CG-24) Association
Navy Together We ServedAmerican Gulf War Veterans Association
  1981, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 1621, Kienow-Hilt Post (Member) (Janesville, Wisconsin) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1981, United States Navy Cruiser Sailors Association [Verified]
  1982, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 376 (Member) (Madison, Wisconsin) [Verified]2 - Chap. Page
  1986, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1989, American Legion, Post 209 (Adjutant ) (Orfordville, Wisconsin) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  1999, International Chief Petty Officers Association
  1999, National Chief Petty Officers Association [Verified]
  2006, Patriot Guard Riders
  2006, USS Reeves (DLG/CG-24) Association [Verified]
  2007, Navy Together We Served [Verified]
  2008, American Gulf War Veterans Association


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Reflections on CPO Stuvengen's US Navy Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY?
Kurt Stuvengen (Stu), BTC - Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy?
Three Generations of family members serving in the military. Father, Mother, Uncle and brother all served in the Navy.
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
Kurt Stuvengen (Stu), BTC - Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
Orlando, FL for Boot Camp, Great Lakes for BT training, USS Reeves (CG-24), ComFltAct Yokosuka, USS Dubuque (LPD-8), Great Lakes, Instructor Duty, FISC Yokosuka, Det Sasebo Fuel Depot/HAZMIN Center.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TO YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY.
Not in actual combat but deployed to the Persian Gulf 4 times and had run ins with the North Korean and Russian Navies playing chicken at the height of the Cold War. During Operation Enduring Freedom we would anchor in the middle of mine infested waters and act as mother ship for the mine sweepers.
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH ONE WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
The USS Reeves was my first ship and through her was able to become a true WESPAC Sailor. Being a forward deployed Cruiser at the height of the Cold War, we were bad ass and knew it. We were at the "tip of the spear". However, from a career standpoint the USS Dubuque was the better assignment. I came into my own as a LPO and Supervisor, achieved dual Warfare qualifications and was initiated at sea to the ranks of Chief Petty Officer.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE SERVICE, INCLUDING COMBAT, DESCRIBE THE PERSONAL MEMORIES WHICH HAVE IMPACTED YOU MOST?
Kurt Stuvengen (Stu), BTC - From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
The day I was pinned with a set of my father's CPO anchors. 16SEP1991.
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS AND QUALIFICATION BADGES YOU RECEIVED, OR ANY OTHER MEMORABILIA, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH ARE THE MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
Kurt Stuvengen (Stu), BTC - Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are the most meaningful to you and why?
Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, first member of the USS Dubuque crew to qualify under the new tougher qualification standards. It made me a better more knowledgeable Sailor.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
Kurt Stuvengen (Stu), BTC - Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Mark Manis. He came aboard Reeves as a BT2 and took me under his wing teaching me more about the BT rating. He left Reeves as a BTC and I left as a BT1.
CAN YOU RECOUNT A PARTICULAR INCIDENT FROM YOUR SERVICE WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FUNNY AT THE TIME, BUT STILL MAKES YOU LAUGH?
To many to mention. I'll get back to you.
WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
Still steaming boilers as a civilian. I work for the University of Wisconsin at the Madison Campus at the steam heat / chill water plant.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fleet Reserve Association, Patriot Guard Riders, Sons of the American Legion, USS Reeves Association. Helps to keep Veterans issues at the forefront in Congress and media. Also a place bond with fellow Veterans and share our experiences.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER? WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT YOUR TIME IN THE SERVICE?
All the leadership traits and knowledge that the military taught me I have taken into the civilian world. Sometimes this works sometimes it doesn't.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE NAVY?
Stand up for your people. If you are in a senior position take responsibility for your actions and do what is right.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
It is a place to go and reconnect with past shipmates that share the common bond of service in the United States Navy.

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