Master Chief Delacruz, a native of Manila, Philippines, graduated from Philippine Union High in 1979, attended the Philippine Maritime Institute, receiving an Associate’s Degree in Maritime Engineering in 1981, and enlisted into the United States Navy in 1987. He attended Boot Camp at Recruit Training Command San Diego followed by Mess Specialist “A” School, where he was advanced to Third Class Petty Officer via the Instant Petty Officer Program. His first duty assignment was Naval Air Reserve Center, Miramar.
After a successful tour at Miramar, he served aboard two Naval Reserve Force ships, USS HEPBURN (FF-1055) and USS DUNCAN (FFG-10). After the decommissioning of DUNCAN in June 1994, he completed Mess Specialist “C” School for Bachelor Quarters Management and reported to Naval Air Reserve Center, Santa Clara, where he served as Combined Bachelor Quarters Manager until the center was closed due to base realignment and closure in 1997.
In March 1997, he reported to USS WADSWORTH (FFG-9) where he served as the senior Mess Specialist. While aboard WADSWORTH he completed two deployments, a South Pacific deployment to South America and a Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training deployment to numerous countries in the Western Pacific. During his tour, he earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designation.
Detaching from WADSWORTH in 1999, he reported to Naval Reserve Center, Port Hueneme, where he served as the Training Officer and Command Senior Chief. After a successful tour at Naval Reserve Center Port Hueneme, he reported to Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Alameda in September 2002 as a Command Senior Chief.
In September 2004, he reported to Naval Air Reserve Center, San Jose. In March 2005, he was promoted to Master Chief. In November 2008, after successful completion of the Senior Enlisted Academy and the Command Master Chief Course, he reported to Navy Operational Support Center (NAVOPSPTCEN) Port Hueneme assuming the position of Command Master Chief. His dynamic leadership is the reason that NAVOPSPTCEN Ventura County was selected from 20 Commands as the 2009 and 2011 Commander Navy Region Southwest Reserve Component Command Overall and Large NAVOPSPTCEN of the Year, and that Command Sailors were selected as the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Commander NAVREG SW RCC Regional Sailor of the Year.
In September 2013, he reported to Fleet Logistic Support Squadron 55 (VR-55), NBVC Point Mugu, as the Command Master Chief.
Master Chief Delacruz’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with four Gold Stars, the Navy Battle “E” Ribbon and various other service medals, campaign and unit awards.