SAN DIEGO – Culinary Specialist Chief (CSC) George Martin Balogo assigned to dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) reenlisted in the United States Navy Feb. 22.
Chief Balogo took the reenlistment oath administered by the Director, Navy Staff, Vice Admiral James G. Foggo III during a solemn ceremony attended by the Commanding Officer USS Harpers Ferry, Cmdr. Jon Rigby, Executive Officer, Cmdr. Anthony Uniewski, Command Master Chief, Master Chief Vince Vanterpool among others.
Balogo said the decision to reenlisted for another six years after serving the Navy for 14 years was fueled by “the commitment I made when I first put on the Chief Khaki uniform and to continue the tradition of my family who have served in the U.S Armed Forces since 1980's.”
Vice Adm. Foggo and CSC Balogo share a special bond which began in Naples, Italy when the later served as the Enlisted Aide for the former who was the then commander of U.S. 6th Fleet. “Vice Adm. Foggo is a leader and a mentor,” Balogo said.
“Someone who I respect the most; not because he carries the rank of a Vice Admiral, but because of his personality, determination and vision. He is someone whom everyone can look up to. A people person,” he added.
Foggo who assumed duties as Director, Navy Staff in Nov. 2016 described Chief Balogo as one of the best cooks he’s ever work with. “I love his food!” he told Culinary Specialists assigned to USS Harpers Ferry during the reenlistment ceremony which held on the starboard bridge wing.
Prior to becoming Director Navy Staff, Foggo served in a multifaceted role in Naples, Italy, as the commander of U.S. 6th Fleet, commander of Striking and Support Forces NATO, deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Africa and the Joint Force Maritime Component commander Europe.
Harpers Ferry, part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit team, is currently operating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations.