|EMCM(SW/EXW) Juan G. Sanchez
Senior Enlisted Leader
Master Chief Sanchez was raised in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on November 30, 1993 under the Delayed Enlistment Program. He graduated from Antilles Military Academy May 1994 and attended Recruit Training in RDC Orlando, Florida from August 27 to October 28, 1994. Upon completion of Recruit Training, he attended Electrician’s Mate “A” school in Great Lakes, Illinois where he graduated on April 17, 1995 and was the class Distinguished Military Graduate.
Master Chief Sanchez’ first sea duty assignment was onboard the USS NEW ORLEANS (LPH 11) at Naval Base, San Diego, California where he worked in the electrical division. Two weeks after reporting onboard he deployed to the Western Pacific. Within four months onboard he was accelerated advanced to Petty Officer Third Class. After deployment Master Chief Sanchez attended two “C” schools, Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator and Wave-off Light System, and 400Hz Motor Generator Electrical System Maintenance. Upon decommissioning of USS NEW ORLEANS in October 1997, Master Chief Sanchez received follow on orders to USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD 39) home ported in San Diego. There he was promoted to Petty Officer Second Class and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) pin.
In October 25, 1999, Master Chief attended Electric Motor Rewind Course. Upon graduation, he reported to his first shore duty at SIMA, San Diego where he served in 51A, Motor Rewind Shop. While in SIMA he completed the Battle Force Intermediate Maintenance Activity (BFIMA) JQR for Inside Electrical Repair Technician. Also at this command he was promoted to Petty Officer First Class.
In May 2003, Master Chief Sanchez reported onboard USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37) home ported in Pear Harbor, Hawaii. He served as the E-Division LPO and filled the LCPO billet for four months. Onboard CROMMELIN he completed a South Pacific deployment and received his first Engineering Officer Of the Watch (EOOW) letter.
In Jun 2005, Master Chief Sanchez attended Basic Underwater Demolition/BUDs training. While in training he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and was administratively dropped from training because of his promotion. In September 2005, Master Chief Sanchez transferred to Naval Costal Warfare (NCW) Squadron 5, Inshore Boat Unit (IBU) 51 at Imperial Beach, California where he served as Maintenance LCPO and Boat Detachment LCPO. While in IBU51 he attended Journeyman Instructor Training and Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO). He qualified NCW Coxswain with weapons relies authority and Patrol Leader, and completed TPSB Level II Coxswain course. He also earned the Expeditionary Warfare Specialist (EXW) pin. Deployed to Kuwait and Iraq where he lead a detachment assigned to CTF 158 conducting maritime security and close support operations in the North Arabian Gulf.
In November 2008, Master Chief Sanchez reported to his second shore duty onboard Afloat Training Group (ATG), San Diego and was assigned to the Diesel Team. He attended Master Enlisted Engineering Course and qualified Afloat Training Specialist, Master Training Specialist, and Engineering Assessment Pacific (EAP) assessor. While at ATG San Diego he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and completed a six-month Individual Augmentation (AI) tour with Base Command Group, Al Asad, Iraq where he served as Contracting Officer for the base commander. He oversaw the operations and maintenance of a 24 MW power plant and distribution system, over 1,000 generator assets, new construction, and operation and maintenance (OM) contracts, as well as AC&R maintenance, and water production and distribution.
In Apr 2012, Master Chief Sanchez arrived onboard USS BOMHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) while in Sasebo, Japan, for a scheduled hull swap with USS ESSEX (LHD 2). He served as E-Division LCPO and ENG DEPT LCPO, Top Snipe. Onboard ESSEX, he participated on RIMPAC 2012 and a deployment to the Western Pacific after completing an extended 18-month maintenance availability and scheduled dry-dock. He qualified steam plant Engineering Officer Of the Watch (EOOW) and was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer.
In Nov 2015, Master Chief Sanchez reported to Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific (ATGMIDPAC), for a second tour as trainer and assessor for the Fleet. He served as N82 Departmental Leading Chief Petty Officer, Top Snipe. Subsequently he was hand selected for Training and Standards division, N7, where he and a selected group of Master Chief Petty Officers observed and reviewed procedures and instruction to ensure the absolute best training was been provided to the Middle Pacific Water Front.
His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Army Commendation Medal (1 award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 award), Good Conduct medal, and various other campaign and service medals.