Naval Aircreman Mechanical 1st Class John A. Reynold
AWF1 John A. Reynolds entered the Navy on December 27, 1988. After graduation from Boot Camp at Recruit Training Center Great Lakes,Ill. he attended Aviation Ordnanceman "A" School, Naval Aircrew Candidate School, and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training. In November of 1989, he transferred to H-53 Fleet Replacement Aircrew School in Norfolk, Va. After FRAC training, he transferred to his first duty station HM-15 in Alameda, Calif., where he met his wife of 22 years and where they had their first child. During this tour, AOAN Reynolds obtained his Naval Aircrewman and Enlisted Air Warfare designations and was promoted to AO3.
In December of 1992, Reynolds completed his obligated service and returned to the civilian sector. He tested for and was subsequently hired to work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Beaumont, Texas. He had worked for TDCJ for a few months when he began to miss the military life so he returned to the Navy as a reservist with VP-94 in New Orleans, La. He drilled there until his civilian job promoted him to the rank of Sergeant, which subsequently led to his transfer. Upon his transfer to Northeast Texas, AO3 Reynolds affiliated with VR-59 in Fort Worth where he completed a six-month active duty for special work tour and was mobilized for a year and he advanced to AO1. In January 2007 he was given an ultimatum by TDCJ to choose between his civilian job and military duties. Refusing to accept the possibility of giving up the Navy, he decided to apply for, and was approved as a full-time support Sailor. He served three years of active duty with VR-59 working as a Loadmaster NATOPS Instructor, NATOPS leading petty officer, W/C 200 LPO, QA Assistant LPO, ATTO officer, and Range Safety officer.
After his tour with VR-59, he was hand-selected by FLSW to become the C-9/C-40/C-20/C-37 Loadmaster Instructor for the Air Logistics Training Center. In addition to his instructor duties, he serves as the ALTC LPO supervising four enlisted and 35 contract personnel encompassing four training sites.
Reynolds' collateral duties have included: DAPA, UPC, assistant EWBC, CTT, SAPR, ATTO, Range Safety officer, Mentorship coordinator, MWR, NATOPS Instructor/Evaluator, FLSW and VR-59 FCPOA President and Vice-President. His awards include: The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), Navy Military Unit Commendation, Navy Good Conduct Medal (3), Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, National Defense Medal (2), Humanitarian Service Medal (2), Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (2), Navy “E” Ribbon (2), Navy Rifle Expert, and Navy Pistol Expert. He has Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Human Resource Management as well as a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is currently pursuing his PhD.
Reynolds takes pride in helping others succeed both professionally and personally. He dedicated over 100 hours to research and publish a rating study guide for the 2013 chief petty officer exam that was distributed to the fleet. Additionally, he compiled and distributed in excess of 2,000 electronic “flashcards” that allow Sailors the flexibility to study anytime, anywhere.
Reynolds feels blessed to have such a supportive family. He states that the best personal decision that he ever made was marrying his wife Debra and states that his biggest professional achievement was being selected as the 2011 COMNAVRESFORCOM Shore SOY. His hobbies include: spending quality time with his family first and foremost, giving back to the community, fly fishing, wood working, reading, and attempts to play golf from time to time.