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John Elchert
Service Member of the Month - Advancing to Chief Petty Officer!

We thank you for your service.
Picture above is of John Elchert following the CPO pinning ceremony in
Washington, D.C., with
his father, Ken Elchert (left), and his uncle, Edward Berumen (right).
John Elchert
Advancing to the Rank of Chief Petty Officer

John Elchert, son of Ken and Celia (deceased) Elchert of Glendora, attained the rank of
Chief Petty Officer (CPO) on September 16.  He is a submarine missile technician
currently serving in Naval Sea Systems Command at the Washington Navy Yard.  He
was one of 45 selectees who achieved this rank in the National Capital Region at the
pinning ceremony held at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Of the 22,232
First Class Petty Officers who were considered by the Navy selection boards for the FY
2017 class of CPO’s (the Navy’s 123rd class), only 4765 sailors were selected to receive
the CPO anchor pins at Navy ceremonies around the world that day.  The pinning of the
anchors on CPO Elchert’s uniform was performed by his father and his uncle, Edward
Berumen, of Los Angeles.  

John enlisted in the Navy shortly after graduating from Damien High School in 2000.  
His submarine tours have included the USS Alabama (SSBN 731) Blue and USS
Michigan (SSGN 727) Gold.  He has an Associates Degree in Marine Systems
Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and
Development from Southern Illinois University.  Among the Navy awards he has
received are the Enlisted Submarine Dolphins, the Navy Marine Corp Achievement
Medal (3 awards), and the Good Conduct Medal (5 awards).  

Soldier’s Rank & Full Name:  Chief Petty Officer John Elchert
Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy
Soldier’s Age:  35
Years Enlisted:  16
Military MOS:  E-7
Job Title:  Missile Technician

Local Schools Attended:  St. Louise de Marillac Elementary School, Damien High School
Played AYSO Soccer

Training Base(s): Boot Camp at Great Lakes, IL, Submarine School in Groton, CT, Missile Technician “A”
School in Kings Bay, GA, Missile Technician “C” School in Bangor, WA

Current Unit, Base or Post:  Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.

Achievements & Awards:  Junior Instructor of the Year (2008), Enlisted Submarine Dolphins, Navy Marine
Corp Achievement Medal (3 awards), the Good Conduct Medal (5 awards), Associates Degree in Marine
Systems Technology and BS Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois

Hobbies & Interests:  Kayaking, surfing, cooking, learning to fly

Loved One’s Personal Message to Service Member:  We are all very proud of you and your
accomplishments, John!  Keep up the good work.

Personal message from John to his family:

Thank you for featuring me as the Hero of the Month in the Yellow Ribbon website.

"I would like to thank my mom and dad for their love and support throughout my career in the U.
S. Navy.  Although my mom unfortunately passed away last December from cancer I know that
she would have been proud to see me wear the uniform of a Chief Petty Officer.  I know that
she is looking down on me with a smile on her face, and I have her to thank for raising me to
be the person that I am today."

Very respectfully,
John Elchert
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Service Member
of the Month
SSgt. Anthony Porter
US Air Force

We Thank you for your service
Service Member’s Rank & Full Name: SSgt Anthony Porter
Branch of Service: United States Air Force
Age: 31
Years Enlisted: 26 April 2004 - 27 April 2016
Military MOS: 3P071/Security Forces
Job Title: Base Defense Operations Controller/Training Technician

Local Schools Attended:
Willow Elementary/Lone Hill Middle School/San Dimas High School/University of Phoenix

Training Base(s):
Lackland AFB, TX/Eglin AFB, FL/Fort Lewis, WA/Creech AFB, NV

Current Unit, Base or Post, or Military Status:
Hill AFB, UT 2004-2010/Vandenberg AFB, CA 2010-2016/Honorably Discharged 27 April 2016

Achievements and Awards:
I received 2 Air Force Space Command Best Large AF Unit Awards, 3 Outstanding Unit Awards, 2 Meritorious
Unit Awards, 3 Good Conduct Medals, 2 Air Force Achievement Medals, 2 Army Achievement Medals, and 2
Air Force Commendation Medals

Current Events:
Wife/Kristen 10 Years in February 2017- Son/Dylan 8 years old and Son/Chase 6 years old – Currently working
at Naval Surface Warfare Center/Corona Division as a Training Specialist
Anthony was chosen as Veteran of the Year by American Legion Post 475 and Auxiliary 2016

Hobbies and Interests:
One of my biggest hobbies outside of work and school has to be my family, playing with my boys and spending
time with my wife is priority. Watching football and the occasional video game are additional things I enjoy to do.

Personal message from service member to family

Kristen you are my rock and I couldn’t have made this journey without you, you have always been by my side
and supported me through all the ups and downs. Dylan you have grown up to be such a caring young man,
continue to be the great older brother you are each and every day. Chase you too are growing up to be a great
young man, you are such a sweet and loving boy. The three of you mean the world to me and I thank you for all
you bring into my life.

Family's message to Service Member
   The boys and I wanted to say how proud we are to have such an amazing Papa/Husband! You have done so much
and have sacrificed so many special moments with family to serve our country. It has never been an easy Journey, but
yet you never once complained. You always gave 110% to your job/Life as a member of the United states Air Force.
Thank you for all you have done for me, your boys and everyone else, because freedom is not free and we wouldn't
have it without all the men and women like you who proudly serve our country.

we love you
Kristen, Dylan & Chase