Christopher Baez

Christopher Baez
War Global War on Terrorism
Branch U.S. Navy
Rank Master Chief Petty Officer
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Christopher Baez was born November 21, 1960 in the French hospital Manhattan NY; he was raised in Puerto Rico. He graduated high school in Mayaguez. He met the love of his life Julie and married her in Cabo Rojo. They moved to Brooklyn NY and he joined the Navy, he went to boot camp in Great Lakes Illinois. During his career he earned a Bachelors’ of Science in Information Technology. Chris and Julie have three children Christopher Jr, Teala, and Tiffany and they enjoy their grand children Vincent, Cristiano,and Viviana.

1987 -1988 Recruit Training Center Great Lakes IL, earned the rate of Gunnersmates Missiles

1988 - 1991 USS BARBEY FF 1088 San Diego CA, he was the MK16 ASROC launcher Technician maintaining and troubleshooting ASROC Nuclear Torpedoes and Harpoon Missiles.

1991 – 1995 USS FITZGERALD DGG 62 San Diego CA, the rate was changed to Gunnersmate and graduated from Fleet Training Center as a MK41 Vertical launching System technician maintaining and troubleshooting Tomahawk, SM2, and ASROC missiles

1995 – 1999 Naval Weapon Station Seal Beach CA, he performed DEPOT level maintenance where he DE-CANNED various missiles from their canister and separated each section for testing. After testing, he IN-CANNED the missiles into their canisters and returned them into the ready service locker as all up rounds for the Pacific Fleet.

1999 - 2002 Fleet Training Center, San Diego CA, MK41 Vertical launching System Instructor and earned the Master Training Specialist certification. Utilizing various computer based and legacy training methodologies he design, develop, and maintain task-based training programs and demonstrate knowledge of learning theories.

2002 – 2006 USS MOBILE BAY CG-53, San Diego CA, CM Division Leading Chief Petty Officer, operate and perform maintenance on guided missile launching systems, missile launching groups, rocket launchers, small arms, guns, and associated handling equipment.

2006 – 2009 Mobile Security Squadron Three, NASNI Coronado CA, Weapons Department Leading Senior Chief Petty Officer, managed an inventory of over 1,100 small and crew served weapons on seven security detachments across three operational theaters. Provide anti-terrorist force protection capabilities to high-value assets and serve as a highly visible deterrent.

2009 – 2013 Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, Oxnard CA, Advance VLS Technician, technical expert selected to attend the Advance VLS course earning NEC 0983 known as the “System Maintenance Technician Certification”.

2013 – 2017 Commander Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, NAB CA, The FORCE Gunner's Mate, interviewed and chosen as the FORCE GUNNERSMATE at Commander Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, a three star staff position briefing the Admiral in VLS tactical readiness. The driving force in assessing, validating, and verifying combat systems policy. Unite with PEO IWS 3L, technical warrant holders, and pricipal of safety to evaluate background/impact to system performance during equipment or safety mishaps.

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