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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

23 Years of Navy Chief Astro's History (Yesterday is History by Matthew West)

It's been a bad day
You've been looking back
And all you can see is everything you wish you could take back
All your mistakes
A world of regrets
All of those moments you would rather forget
I know it's hard to believe Let me refresh your memory

Yesterday is history And history is miles away
So, leave it all behind you
But let it always remind you of the day
The day that love made history

You know you can't stay right where you fell
The hardest part is forgiving yourself
But let's take a walk into today
And don't let your past get in the way

Would you believe that you are history in the making, in the making?
Every choice that you are making
Every step that you are taking
Every chain that you are breaking
History is in the making
Every word that you are saying
Every prayer that you are praying
Every chain that you are breaking
History is in the making
History is in the making
History is in the making

(Matthew West - History)

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.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What I am Thankful for the Navy in 23 years by Chief Astro

1.                   Declining a job at Philippine National Bank & join the Navy in Subic when my dad ask me if I wanted to earn $ or ₱.
2.                   My tour in USS Independence forward deploy in Japan and live there for 4 years and see the cultures of Asia & Australia.
3.                   My tour with PSD Ventura County & met the most professional civilians & military personnel.
4.                   Met my wife and thanks to the Seabees, supporting me in communicating with her long distance while deployed via text & phone booth in mosquito infested Puerto Rico.
5.                   Married while I was in NC “A” School in San Diego.  Honeymoon in Gateway Inn.
6.                   My son was born under Tri-Care. 
7.                   My tour in USS Lincoln in Point Mugu and one of my best tours deployed with the Sun Kings.  Reenlisted in Tsunami area.
8.                   Able to take a break as a Naval Reserve and work with American Express (again) & join the Air Force Chaplain Reserve.
9.                   Living in Oxnard & Lemoore California for almost 18 years and earn great network of friendships.
10.               Living in Groton Connecticut for almost 3 years and met my neighbors & friends that develop through the years.  No thanks to snow shoveling.
11.               My first tour as Chief in Groton and working with Nukes and Submarine personnel.  Best!
12.               Living in Norfolk, Virginia for two years and met most of you that is here.  Now, I’ve decided to stick to Virginia Beach as my new home.
13.               My tour in London and able to see France, Ireland, Amsterdam & Brussels.  Thanks to the Reserve ADT opportunity.
14.               My tours in Spain & Puerto Rico with the Seabees and see Madrid, Rome, Gibraltar, San Juan.  
15.               AMC Flight in Hawaii, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and bring my family to see the world.   Never get bumped even on peak summer.
16.               My tour in USS Nimitz and able to meet the best Chief community & camaraderie & enjoy the best of Asia for the last time:  Thailand, Malaysia, Hongkong, Dubai, Hawaii, Bahrain.
17.               Able to experience living in housing after a long time being a home owner was a blessing.
18.               Benefits in PCS as we were able to transfer coast-to-coast (From CA to CT to CA to VA) 4 times and able to see 90% of the best of United States.  Travel Tip:  Road Trip = PCS Season.
19.               Able to bring my dad onboard USS Independence even though he will not be able to travel from the Philippines to make it on my retirement ceremony - he remains very proud of me.  Get well soon papa sorry you could not make it to my ceremony.
20.               Be able to know that my mom Elena in Camarillo California be able to see this retirement ceremony through YouTube & she is proud of me.
21.               Be able to stay healthy through Navy’s discipline and pay the bills & finally joining the best brotherhood of Chiefs Mess.
22.               Able to complete my College, Masters & now 1 Dissertation away to PhD using the Navy’s Tuition Assistance & some GI Bill money.
23.               Be able to know that I am not alone and there is a Shipmate out there who cared and understands every situation because they’ve been there & done that.

23 Things I'd Like to Do in the next 23 months after 23 Years in the Navy

23 Things I'd Like to Do in the next 23 months after 23 Years in the Navy

1.       Become a game show contestant (Family Feud).

2.       Travel this summer to Europe, Philippines & Asia.

3.       Visit my mom & dad more often.

4.       Spend more "homework" time with Sam and "housework" with Myla.

5.       Watch the Sunset, Hear the Shore & Feel the Sand with family at least twice a week from our new home.

6.       Travel to at least 25 of the "1,000 Places to See Before you Die".

7.       Continue to attend the 4th & 5th year top "A" honor roll for my Sam.

8.       Lose 23 kilos.

9.       Make a positive difference to the community or at least 23 people.

10.   To teach Sociology, Counseling & Geography in a University.

11.   Get my black belt in Jujitsu.

12.   Speak more fluent Spanish & Chinese.

13.   Mentor 23 Veterans.

14.   Reach $25,000 profit in our MVOSS Creation business.

15.   Get some of my photography published or recognized.

16.   Finally use my guitar and learn to play it well.

17.   Conduct 25 community relations or outreach for Veterans, non-profit organization.

18.   Establish MVOSS Creations as establish Online & Social network advertising and consulting company.

19.   Establish a foundation through our profits and earnings or "giving back".

20.   Be more pro-active with community, church and contacts (Career Counselors) on my own time.

21.   Complete my Dissertation "Career Counseling using Social Media" through Capella.

22.   Take advantage of my Veteran benefits for quality of life improvement.

23.   Stay connected with my past and new network.

23 Years - The Retirement Program for Navy Counselor Chief Astro: April 25, 2014

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