Nemmers, Matt, PSC

Personnel Specialist
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
PS-0000-Personnel Specialist
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Personnel Specialist
Primary Unit
2015-2018, PS-9588, NMCRC Des Moines, IA
Previously Held NEC
PN-0000-Personnelman
PS-9588-Career Information Program Advisor
Service Years
1994 - 2018
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Desert Rat
Neptune Subpoena
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Order of the Dirt Sailor
Order of the Sand Sailor
Order of the Shellback
PS-Personnel Specialist
Five Hash Marks


 Ribbon Bar
Surface Warfare Enlisted Badge
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge

 

 Official Badges 

Chief Petty Officer of the Command


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)National Chief Petty Officers AssociationPost 2573, Manley-Reece-Jones Post
  2006, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, National Chief Petty Officers Association [Verified]
  2012, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 2573, Manley-Reece-Jones Post (Member) (Wilmington, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Playing a lot of disc golf.
   
Other Comments:
Originally from my dad's penis but grew up in Iowa. On active-duty in the U.S. Navy since 1994, currently serving as the Command Chief onboard Navy Operational Support Center Wilmington, North Carolina.. Married & father of two beautiful girls. Described by more than a few as "someone with many quaint skills," I'm sufficiently intelligent to qualify for at least one personality disorder. I enjoy dog-sledding, softball, & watching people run for their lives. I love throwing garbage out the window, yet I'm extremely sophisticated.

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."    ~ Dr. Seuss
   

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1994, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 084
  1994, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 084
 Duty Stations
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS John A. Moore (FFG-19)Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)NAS Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth
USS ConstitutionHM-15 BlackhawksNMCRC Des Moines, IA
  1995-1995, PN-0000, (PN) Personnelman A School
  1995-1997, PN-0000, USS John A. Moore (FFG-19)
  1997-2001, PN-0000, Naval Reserve Center (NRC) Dubuque, IA
  2001-2005, PN-0000, NMCRC Rock Island, IL
  2005-2009, PN-0000, NAS Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth
  2007-2007, PS-0000, USS Constitution
  2009-2011, PS-0000, HM-15 Blackhawks
  2011-2015, PS-0000, Naval Reserve Center (NRC) Wilmington, NC
  2015-2018, PS-9588, NMCRC Des Moines, IA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
 Military Association Memberships
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)National Chief Petty Officers AssociationPost 2573, Manley-Reece-Jones Post
  2006, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, National Chief Petty Officers Association [Verified]
  2012, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 2573, Manley-Reece-Jones Post (Member) (Wilmington, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page


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Reflections on CPO Nemmers's US Navy Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY.
I was spinning my wheels as a 20-year old in Waterloo, Iowa. No job, no school, no plan. One day two recruiters showed up at my door. I decided the Navy would be the best thing for me so I signed up that day. Have never regretted that decision.
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?
- RTC Great Lakes, Illinois (Nov 1994-Jan 1995)
- PN 'A' School, NTTC Meridian, Mississippi (Jan 1995-Apr 1995)
- USS John A. Moore (FFG 19), San Diego, California (Apr 1995-Nov 1997)
- NAVRESCEN Dubuque, Iowa (Dec 1997-Dec 2001)
- NAVMARCORESCEN Rock Island, Illinois (Jan 2002-Jan 2005)
- NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas (Jan 2005-Jan 2009)
- HM-15, Norfolk, Virginia (Jan 2009-Dec 2011)
- NOSC Wilmington, North Carolina (Dec 2011-present)
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH MADE A LASTING IMPACT ON YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY?
Barely. I was deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from September 2006 to February 2007. I served at the U.S. Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center (CDDOC) as the Aide-De-Camp to MajGen Ron Ladnier (USAF) and MajGen Eugene "Gray" Payne (USMC), traveling to Bahrain, Qatar, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Djibouti. Some mortars dropped pretty close by while in Iraq, but I was never close enough to be in any real danger.
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas. My favorite command. I had a lot of fun on the ship too, but I made some of my very best friends there. It was a family, really. I was taught the meaning of being a Chief Petty Officer there by some of the great Chiefs the Navy's ever produced.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE MILITARY SERVICE, DESCRIBE ANY MEMORIES YOU STILL REFLECT BACK ON TO THIS DAY.
Chief's Initiation, 26 June - 22 September 2007.

Wow.

Just....wow.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER?
No.
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS AND QUALIFICATION BADGES YOU RECEIVED, OR OTHER MEMORABILIA, WHICH ONE IS THE MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
The very first Navy Achievement Medal I received as a PNSN(SW) on the ship, back when NAMs actually meant something. That is one of the three I earned out of the six I was awarded.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
Too many to name. Check the notes on my Facebook page or my NTWS blog to read about some of the many people who got me to where I am.
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?
Yes. Underway on the ship during EASTPAC 97, I was standing the mid QMOW. Quiet night so we're all standing on the bridge shooting the breeze when the engine room flooding alarm lights up on the ship's control console (SCC). After silencing the alarm, the OOD calls down to CCS to inquire about it. The EOOW informs that he's having the watch check on it. We continue our conversation.

After a few minutes the alarm hasn't cleared so the OOD calls down to CCS again.

"CCS, bridge. What's the status on the flooding alarm?"

"Wait one."

Back to bullshitting. After the EOOW doesn't respond after 30 seconds or so, so the OOD is getting panicky.

"CCS, bridge. WHAT IS THE STATUS ON THE FLOODING ALARM IN THE MAIN ENGINE ROOM?!"

Silence.

"CCS, BRIDGE! REPEAT: WHAT IS THE STATUS....?"

"Bridge, CCS. Don't worry about that flooding alarm, sir. It's just water."

I about fell out.
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?
I am serving as the Command Chief at the Navy Operational Support Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
- National CPOA
- Fleet Reserve Association
- Veteran's of Foreign Wars
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?
It's made me more patient with people. It's also made me appreciate my friends and family a lot more than I would have had I not had to leave them for extended periods of time for deployments.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE NAVY?
Give 100% every single day with every single job and you'll never have to worry about losing your job or someone jumping down your throat.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
I found people I would normally have had no clue how to contact if not for this site. Thanks!

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