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CMDCM(SW/AW) Jeremiah Montanez
Command Master Chief

Born in Manila, Philippines, Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Jeremiah Montanez enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Subic Bay Naval Base, Philippines in March 1988. He graduated as 'Honor Man' during basic training at the Recruit Training Command (RTC) in San Diego, CA. After his basic training, he completed Mess Management Specialist "A" School.

Duty Station Assignments:

-USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG 16) homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from (1988-1990)

-USS LEFTWICH (DD 984) from (1990-1992) where he was named 'Command Sailor of the Year'.

-Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, CA from (1992-1995)

-Naval Support Activity, Souda Bay Crete, Greece from (1995-1996)

-USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) homeported in San Diego, CA from (1996-1998)

-Navy Recruiting District, San Diego from December 1998-March 2002

-USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) from (2002-2005)

-Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes as a Recruit Division Commander from (2005-2008)

-CMC, VAW-113, Airborne Warning and Control Squadron Aircraft, Pt. Mugu, CA from (2008-2010) -CMC, Navy Recruiting District San Diego from (2010-2013) -Command Master Chief Montanez is currently onboard the USS CURTIS WILBUR DDG 54, a forward deployed ship stationed in Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.

Master Chief Montanez was advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 1999, Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2002, and selected to a rank of Master Chief Petty Officer in 2006. Master Chief Montanez was selected to the Command Master Chief (CMC) Program in January 2008.

Master Chief Montanez holds a Master Training Specialist designation. He graduated from the USN Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, Rhode Island. His personal awards and accomplishments include Meritorious Service Medal, six Navy Commendation Medals, seven Navy Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, and other service awards. He has an Associate of Science degree in Radiologic Technology from Emilio Aguinaldo College, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Post University, Waterbury, Connecticut.

He has completed course certificates for continuing education through Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills from University of Michigan, New Models of Business in Society from University of Virginia, Disaster Preparedness from University of Pittsburgh, Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making from University of California, Irvine, and An Introduction to American Law from University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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