GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- One Sailor at Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes has been selected for advancement to master chief petty officer (MCPO) by the fiscal year 2019 Active-Duty Navy E-9 Selection Board.
Senior Chief Hull Maintenance Technician Orlando Garcia, Navy military training instructor and leading chief petty officer of life skills training at TSC, was given authorization to assume the title and wear the uniform of an MCPO during a frocking ceremony, May 14.
"I am very proud today to welcome Master Chief Garcia into the rank," said TSC Command Master Chief Randy Reid. "He is a proven leader and a truly valuable asset to the command."
Garcia has served for 24 years, and is currently training and mentoring Sailors arriving from boot camp before they attend rating-specific courses.
"This has definitely been a long and bumpy road for me and my family, but well worth it," Garcia said. "When the commanding officer and command master chief called me and gave me the news, I was overwhelmed with emotions. I had to take a minute to be able to catch my breath and respond to them."
First and foremost, Garcia thanked God and his family who have been overly flexible, resilient, super supportive, and have kept him on the right track throughout his career.
"There are many people who have helped me along the way and have been an important factor to my success," Garcia said. "Mentors who have spent countless hours of their personal time guiding, challenging and showing me how to overcome the many obstacles I've had throughout my career; my leadership who trusted and placed me in challenging positions and accepted nothing short of success; my chiefs, petty officers and junior Sailors who I've had the great privilege of working for, they placed their trust in me, kept me motivated and focused, [and] I am forever in debt to Sailors."
Among the many staff members present to celebrate Garcia's accomplishment was Capt. Mark Meskimen, commanding officer at TSC Great Lakes.
"What an honor it is to put on a second star on this outstanding Sailor," Meskimen said. "This is a testament of his hard work and dedication to the Navy and to his technical abilities as a hull technician overall. This is just one example of the finest and most outstanding and dedicated staff we have here at Training Support Center Great Lakes."
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