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Chief, Aviation Electronics Technician

Edwin A. Morales

 

     Chief Morales is a Puerto Rican native who immigrated to New York City where he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Recruit Training Command, San Diego CA in 1977.  Tours of duty include Naval Air Technical Training Center Millington TN., Enlisted Aircrew School Pensacola Fl., Fleet Composite Squadron 8/Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Light Attack Squadron VA-15 Cecil Field FL., Patrol Squadron 50 Moffett Field CA., Recruit Training Command Orlando Fl., Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Recruit Training Command Orlando Florida and Naval Aviation School Command Pensacola Florida where he retired after completing 20 years of service.

Chief Morales deployed as a member of Attack Squadron 15 aboard the USS Independence (CV 62). He is qualified in maintenance and operation of Anti-Submarine Warfare (P-2H and P-3C) aircraft, Light Attack A-7E and A-4J aircraft, Anti-submarine Warfare Helicopter H-3.   Qualified In-Flight Technician in the P-2H Neptune and P-3C Orion.

Chief Morales has received the following awards:  Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (fourth award), Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal (fifth award), National Defense Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service (third award), Overseas Service (second award), M-16 Expert Medal, .45 Pistol Marksman.  He has earned the designation of Aviation Warfare Specialist, Naval Aircrewman and Master Training Specialist.

Chief Morales accepted the position of Naval Science Instructor (NSI) at Boca Raton Community High School’s (BRCHS) Navy JROTC program in 1997. Since his arrival the Boca Raton NJROTC program’s enrollment has increased from 120 cadets a year to 365 cadets. The NJROTC program has earned the coveted Distinguished Unit designation 19 times and it is considered one of the premier NJROTC programs in the country.