Fleet Master Chief April Beldo is currently serving as Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education (MPT&E) Fleet Master Chief.
How did you decide to join the Navy?
After graduating from High School, I enrolled in Antelope Valley Community College, I wouldn't say I was totally focused, and I found myself getting more and more distracted from my studies.
I needed more structure and discipline in my life, so I decided to join the AIR FORCE... May 1983; Talked it over with my father, a retired Msgt(AF), and off to the recruiting station I went. Unfortunately they had met their female quota numbers already, so they were not accepting applicants at the time..... as I walked out the door, PS1 May was standing in the Navy Recruiting Doorway and the rest is history. Ten days later I was on my way to RTC Orlando, FL as a non-designated Airmen.
Who have your role models or mentors been that have influenced you or helped to guide you throughout your Navy career?
I have had a lot of role models throughout the last 32years, junior to me and senior to me, male and female.
Anyone I could learn from, I consider them my Mentor. When I was selected to Chief Petty Officer, I remember AKCS Bobbie Shields, CVW11, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, she helped me through 10 weeks of initiation in 1995, she would not let me give up, and offered some tough love. Also after I made AZC, my maintenance master chief, AFCM Emmanuel Ibarra, I thought I was going to get to chill for at least a couple of years before I had to be concerned with preparing for Senior Chief. The week after I made chief, he sat me down and asked me, "so what do you think you need to do now for senior chief"... I was blown away.. I wanted to say "chill" but that was not an option. There are so many more...