Joseph J. Montenero was born in Sonora, California and raised in Northern California. Upon graduating from Manteca High School in 1996, he enlisted in the Navy on September 23, 1996. His first duty assignment was the USS MOBILE BAY (CG-53) home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
After spending three years onboard, he struck into the DC rating and was advanced to DC3, He completed a hull swap and was stationed onboard the USS COWPENS (CG-63). During this tour, he was promoted to DC2 with almost four years in the Navy and also qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Engineering Duty Officer. In September of 2002, he transferred to the USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG-60) making the rank of DC1 while enroute.
While onboard the USS Paul Hamilton he completed a 10-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf where he participated in “shock and awe”, qualified as Afloat Training Specialist, and EOOW. In September of 2005 he made the rank of Chief Petty Officer, shortly after being promoted he transferred to his first shore duty command AFLOAT TRAINING GROUP MIDDLE PACIFIC. During his tour he served as a Damage Control Assessor and Team Leader, he also earned his Associates Degree in Applied Trades Fire Science. In December of 2008, Chief Petty Officer Montenero reported to USS HOPPER (DDG-70) as Repair Division LCPO, in his tenure, he qualified as EOOW, and took over as the Departmental LCPO during the last part of his tour. In December of 2012, Chief Montenero transferred back to AFLOAT TRAINING GROUP MIDDLE PACIFIC, where this time he filled the role as the Damage Control Training LCPO, and served as the Command Disaster Preparedness Officer. While at ATG he qualified as Engineering Assessor Pacific the first Damage Controlmen to earn this qualification, in 2013 he made the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer, and attended the Senior Enlisted Academy. After almost 20 years of service Senior Chief Montenero transferred to San Diego and started his first tour in CONUS onboard the USS SAN DIEGO (LPD-22) in October of 2016, where he filled the role as Repair Division LCPO, Engineering Department LCPO, and the Ships Maintenance and Material Officer. In February of 2018 he was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program. After completing a 2-year tour onboard the USS SAN DIEGO (LPD-22) he completed the COB/CMC course and reported to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake where he is currently serving as the Command Senior Chief of the installation.
Senior Chief Montenero has completed 6 deployments his personal awards include Admiral Carhart Damage Control Safety Award, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (one award), Good Conduct Medal (seven awards) and various other campaign awards.