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Commander Petronilo “Neil” S. Gomez.

Commander Petronilo “Neil” S. Gomez

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Commander Gomez’s recent assignment was to E-2/C-2 Fleet Replacement Squadron Airborne Command and Control ONE TWO ZERO (VAW-120) as the Maintenance Officer.  Prior to his tour with the “Greyhawks”, he served as USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) Assistant Maintenance Officer, Maintenance Material Control Officer, and Planned Incremental Availability Ship’s Force Team Lead and deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE with CVW-3.

A native of Pampanga, Republic of the Philippines,  CDR Gomez graduated with honors from Jose Abad Santos High School and completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Santo Tomas in March 1987. 

In August 1989, CDR Gomez joined the Navy in Subic Naval Base, Republic of the Philippines and completed Recruit Basic Training in San Diego, California.  He attended Aviation Structural Mechanic, Safety Equipment, (AME) “A” school at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) in Millington, Tennessee, receiving the Academic Excellence Award and selection for the Accelerated Advancement Program (AAP).

In April 1990, he reported to VQ-3 as his first fleet assignment at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii where he qualified as E-6A Plane Captain and Collateral Duty Inspector.  His tour with the “Ironmen” included multiple detachments at Travis AFB, California, promotion to Petty Officer Second Class, and a homeport change to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.  In December 1993, he reported to the “Golden Hawks” of VAW-112 at NAS Miramar, San Diego, California.  He quickly qualified as CDI and CDQAR and earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist designation.  He completed counter narcotics operations out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and NAS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and deployed with CVW-9 embarked onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) during the Taiwan Strait Crisis in March 1996.

In May 1996, CDR Gomez reported to COMFLEACT Sasebo Japan, following completion of Physical Security training course at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.  During this tour, he qualified as Watch Commander and Training Coordinator, promoted to First Class Petty Officer, and was selected as CFAS Security Department 1998 Sailor of the Year.  In June 1999, he joined the “Gauntlets” of VAQ-136 in Atsugi, Japan deployed onboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) attached to CVW-5 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  His tour at VAQ-136 was highlighted by his selection as CY 2002 VAQ-136, CVW-5, Carrier Strike Group FIVE, and Commander, Naval Air Force Sea Sailor of the Year.

Following completion of F/A-18 AME “C’ school at NATTC NAS Lemoore, California and his selection to Chief Petty Officer in September 2002, CDR Gomez checked onboard the “Royal Maces” of VFA-27 in Atsugi, Japan and served as Maintenance Training Coordinator, Flight Deck Coordinator, and Line Division Leading Chief Petty Officer.  In January 2004, he was commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program and attended Officer Indoctrination School in Pensacola, Florida and Aviation Maintenance Officer Course at NAS Whiting Field, graduating with academic distinction on both training command schools.

In April 2004, he reported to the “Island Knights” of HSC-25 in Andersen AFB, Guam where he served as Material Control Officer and DETMO participating in Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HADR) operations on the coast of Banda Aceh, Indonesia during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.  In June 2006, he returned to Atsugi, Japan and reported to the “Chargers” of HS-14 and served as MCO, MMCO and AMO.  He oversaw the squadron cross deck to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in October 2008 at NAS North Island. 

In July 2010, CDR Gomez reported to Fleet Readiness Center Southwest at NAS North Island where he served as MCO and 500/700/800/900 Division Officer.  During this tour, he earned his Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer (PAMO) Wings.  He then returned to Atsugi, Japan in August 2012 and joined the “Liberty Bells” of VAW-115 and served as QAO, MMCO and AMO completing multiple Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployments.

CDR Gomez holds a B.S. in Management Studies.  His awards include the Navy Commendation Medals (eight awards), Navy Achievement Medal (six awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and various unit awards and campaign medals.   

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