ATCS(AW/NAC) Eric A. Elkin
Command Senior Chief
Senior Chief Elkin hails from Charlotte, NC and enlisted in the United States Navy in November 1989. Upon completion of Recruit Training in Orlando, FL he reported to Pensacola, FL for Naval Aircrewman Candidate School.
ATCS Elkin then proceeded to Millington, TN and Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) "A" school. His first duty assignment was to the "Shadows" of TACAMO and Fleet Air Reconnaisance Squadron Four (VQ-4), located at NAS Patuxent River, MD where he qualified as an In-Flight Technician on the E-6A "Mercury" aircraft.
ATCS Elkin then completed a homeport change with VQ-4 to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, OK in 1993. ATCS Elkin then reported to NAMTRAGRUDET 1080 as a E-6A/B Flight Deck/Mission Avionics instructor. From 1995 to 1999, ATCS earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) qualification, Master Training Specialist (MTS) designation and an Associate of Science from Excelsior College.
Needs of the Navy sent ATCS back to VQ-4. During his second tour at VQ-4, he qualified as an E-6A and E-6B NATOPS Instructor/Evaluator, Release Safe for Flight and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. In February 2006, ATC(AW/NAC) Elkin reported for duty with the "Pelicans" of VP-45 as a Maintenance Control Chief Petty Officer. Qualified to release the P-3C "Orion" Safe for Flight and embarked on mulitple deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) from Japan to the Horn of Africa.
In September 2009, ATCS Elkin reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic Det JAX (CHSCWL) via the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Newport, RI, Class 149(Khaki). During his assignment at CHSCWL, Senior Chief Elkin was selected as a Command Senior Chief and attended the CMC/COB course, class 95 at the Command Leadership School. ATCS Elkin then transferred onboard Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville in November 2011 as the first CMDCS at FACSFACJAX.
Senior Chief Elkin's personal awards include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and numerous unit commendations, campaign medals and service ribbons.