Senior Enlisted Leader (June 17, 2011 - January 16, 2012) 
ACC (AW/SW) Byron M. Sterling II
Senior Enlisted Leader (June 2011 - January 2012)

ACC(AW/SW) Byron M. Sterling II hails from New Orleans, Louisiana on and graduated from Marion Abramson Senior High School. 

Chief Sterling began his Naval career on December 5th, 1994.  He attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois followed by AC “A” School at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), Millington, Tennessee.  His first duty assignment was Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Facility (AFWTF) Puerto Rico where he promoted from Airman Recruit to Petty Officer Third Class. 

In 1998, after completion of Amphibious Air Traffic Control Center (AATCC) “C” School in Pensacola, Florida he transferred to the San Diego, California homeported, pre-commissioning unit Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6).  After the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard’s commissioning, he completed his first Western Pacific cruise, promoted to Petty Officer Second Class, and was designated an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialists (EAWS).

In February 2001, as a Petty Officer Second Class, he reported to Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, Louisiana where he promoted to Petty Officer First Class.  Midway through his tour in New Orleans, he deployed with Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) TWELVE aboard the U.S.S. Tarawa (LHA-1), in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Aboard U.S.S. Tarawa, he earned designation as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS), qualified Tactical Air Control Center Supervisor and was redeployed to Al Jabar, Kuwait where he performed duties as a Control Tower Supervisor, complementing Marine Air Control Squadron One (MACS-1).  After completion of his temporary duty, he resumed duty at NAS JRB New Orleans and was designated Facility Watch Supervisor and Leading Petty Officer. 

In April 2005, as a Petty Officer First Class, Chief Sterling was reassigned to Naval Support Facility, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory, where he performed the demanding duties of Leading Chief Petty Officer and Air Traffic Control Training Chief. 
In June 2006, he transferred to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.  Shortly after his arrival, on 4 August 2006, he received notification of his selection for promotion to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.  While assigned to NAS Corpus Christi, ACC Sterling performed the duties of ATC Training Chief along with numerous command collateral duties.
In October 2010, ACC Sterling checked into Tactical Air Control Squadron ELEVEN where he immediately began performing LCPO duties in Admin Department, Command Career Counselor/Education Service Officer Department and Training Department.  Additionally, he was designated as the Command Managed Equal Opportunity Manager.  In April 2011, Chief Sterling assumed the duty of TACRON ELEVEN Senior Enlisted Leader.     

Chief Air Traffic Controller Byron M. Sterling is entitled to wear the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy “E” Ribbon(two awards), Good Conduct Medal (5 awards), National Defense Medal (2 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal (2 awards), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2 awards), Navy Overseas Service Ribbon (3 awards), and Marksman Pistol Shot Ribbon. 

 

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