Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Navy History of Assignments of Chief Tony Astro

Navy Career Counselor Chief Lazaro “Tony” Astro, United States Navy Chief Astro joined the Navy in 1991 through Subic Bay, Philippines and graduated from Boot camp at Naval Training Center San Diego. He completed the Airman Apprenticeship Training in April 1991 and was then stationed to USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 61) homeported in Yokosuka Japan.

He completed his Personnelmen “A” School in Meridian Mississippi in 1993. He continued his tour with CV 61 in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. After his forward deployed overseas tour he reported to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FIVE (NMCB FIVE) homeported in Port Hueneme California in 1994. After his tour with the Seabees he reported to Personnel Support Detachment Point Mugu and Ventura County in 1996 and was awarded the Sailor of the Year in 1998. Halfway through his Navy tour, he took a break from active duty and joined Selective Reserve in 2000 with Active Duty Special Work tour in CINCUSNAVEUR in London.

He came back Active Duty in 2001 and deployed with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FORTY (NMCB 40) in support of Operation Southern Watch where he was promoted to First Class Petty Officer and earned his Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist. He was selected to convert to Navy Career Counselor. His first job as Command Career Counselor after completing his training in San Diego was with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SIX (VAW 116) in 2003 and was designated Aviation Warfare Specialist while deployed onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in support of Unified Assistance.

He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer after a few months upon reporting to Submarine Support Facility Groton Connecticut in 2005. He was elected as the first Navy Counselor’s Association President for New England chapter in 2006 and then reelected in 2007. After completion of his tour with the submarine and nuclear community that earned Golden Anchor Award 2 years in a row, he received his next set of orders to report to Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN (CVW 11) in 2008 as the Immediate Superior-in-Command for 8 Nimitz Group Airwing Squadrons deployed onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). He earned his Surface Warfare Specialist while deployed in support of Global War on Terrorism in 2010.

He left California and assumed duties as the Type Commander Navy Counselor to Military Sealift Command (MSC) in Norfolk Virginia in 2012.

He is married to the former Myla Rilloraza of Manila Philippines and they have a 9 year old son Samuel Fredrick. They reside in Virginia Beach, VA.
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