SAN ANGELO, Texas Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Patrick J. Dewberry, assigned to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Goodfellow, culminated 22 years of active duty service during a retirement ceremony followed by a farewell meal with family and shipmates, March 29.
Dewberry was born and raised in Hooks, Texas. He graduated Hooks High School in 1996 where he enlisted in the Navy six months after graduating. In November 1996, he reported to Recruit Training Great Lakes, Illinois, completing boot camp in January 1997.
Dewberry reported to USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Norfolk, Virginia, as an E-1, in March 1997. He started out working in the hangar bay as a chock and chain blue shirt, and worked his way up through all his qualifications and became one of a few airman aircraft directors. He advanced to third class petty officer in 2000 and earned qualified as an enlisted aviation warfare specialist.
In October 2001, he reported to Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton Florida. There, he worked at numerous outlying fields around the Milton and Alabama area, and became one a few third class petty officers to qualify as a site supervisor. In 2004, Dewberry reported to USS Bataan (LHD 5) in Norfolk, Virginia and was assigned to the crash and salvage team aboard.
During the last 10 years of his career, he served at Naval Aviation Technical Training Center, Pensacola, Florida, for instructor duty; USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Sasebo, Japan; and his final duty station at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Learning Site Lemoore, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, as the senior enlisted leader.
Following the ceremony, Lt. Cmdr. Maxwell, Dewberry's officer in chage, stated, "I could always count on chief to provide that key insight on a Sailor that helped us make the right decision in tough situations. He could also bring levity to my day and that's one thing I'll miss the most with him leaving".
CIWT Det. Goodfellow, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.
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