Naval Science Instructor

Chief Petty officer Michael Santiago

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Chief Petty Officer Santiago is a native of New York, NY. In July 1996, he joined the Navy and attended basic training at RTC Great Lakes, IL. In November 1996, he reported as an undesignated seaman to the USS Bataan (LHD-5). In December of 1996 he was screened for the Naval Search and Rescue Program and in February of 1997 graduated from Naval Search and Rescue Swimmer (SAR) school. He returned to the ship upon graduation and was promoted to Third Class Petty officer. In March 1997 he deployed on a six month Maiden Voyage as a rescue swimmer.

In August of 2000 he separated from the Navy and shortly after re-enlisted in January of 2001. He reported to Navy Orientation Recruiting Unit in Pensacola, FL. where he graduated as a Navy Recruiter. He reported to Navy Recruiting District New York where he served as a Navy Recruiter in Harlem, NY.  He performed  duties as Leading Petty Officer and was promoted to Second Class Petty Officer.  Chief Petty Officer Santiago transferred to the USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60) in April 2004 as a Rescue Swimmer and deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. He was awarded  Junior Sailor of the Year in 2004 and was promoted to First Class Petty Officer. In November of 2005 he was awarded the Senior Sailor of the Year and transferred to Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes. 

In January 2006 he attended Recruit Division Commander “C” School and went on to lead 11 divisions in over 4 years as a Division Commander. He was responsible for leading, guiding and mentoring 980 recruits. Chief Santiago was selected to Chief Petty Officer in August of 2010 and transferred to Amphibious Construction One in Coronado, CA., where he served as Operations Chief for Bravo Company. 
He completed 6 deployments in 4 years and was selected to attend Anti Terrorism Officer School in Virginia. 

Upon completion of Anti-Terrorism Officer School, he reported to Navy Recruiting District New York where he performed the duties as Force Protection Officer and Anti- Terrorism. He directed, planned and supervised 352 sailors and civilians on the command’s force protection efforts and anti-terrorism training programs. Following his first Anti-Terrorism tour, he reported to the USS Tempest (PC-2) where he served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for a crew of 32 sailors and was the Vessel Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) Boarding Officer. In April of 2018, Chief Santiago received orders to Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece where he served as Harbor Security Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO). As Harbor LCPO he was responsible for 56 sailors and 6 Greek translators. After a successful tour in Greece, Chief Santiago retired from the US Navy on the 28th day of February 2021.

Chief Petty Officer Santiago’s awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (Four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (Seven awards), Good Conduct Medal (Three awards), Humanitarian Service Medal (Two awards) and various unit and campaign decorations. He resides in Tampa, FL with his girlfriend, son Michael Jr. and daughter Myleen. 

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