|ENCS Victor M. Montes
Command Senior Chief (October 2009 - October 2011)
Senior Chief Montes enlisted in the Navy out of El Paso, Texas, in September 1987 under the Sea and Air Mariner (SAM) Program. Following recruit training and Engineman “A” school in Great Lakes, Illinois, he returned to Texas for duty at El Paso Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center. In May 1989, he enlisted for active duty service and reported to Recruit Training Center in Orlando, Florida for Navy Veteran Indoctrination.
Upon completion of indoctrination, he reported to USS HUNLEY (AS-31) in Norfolk, Virginia where he advanced to Second Class Petty Officer. He then reported to Navy Recruiting District Houston, where he recruited out of Navy Recruiting Station in Victoria, Texas. His next assignment was to Submarine Base Point Loma in San Diego, California. He then reported to Naval Small Craft and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) for his first overseas assignment in Naval Station Rodman, Panama. After his overseas tour, he reported to USS DEVASTATOR (MCM-6) at Ingleside, Texas, where he was promoted to First Class Petty Officer and attained his Enlisted Surface Warfare designation.
Senior Chief Montes’ next assignment was to Naval Station Rota, Spain, where he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and earned an Associates of Arts degree in General Studies from the University of Maryland University College. He then reported to USS PATRIOT (MCM-7) in Sasebo, Japan, where he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. He attended the Senior Enlisted Academy and CMC/COB Course in Newport, Rhode Island, just prior to reporting to his current assignment onboard USS GARY (FFG-51) in San Diego, California, where he assumed duties as the Command Senior Chief.
His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (6 awards), and various unit and campaign awards