Mary Ann Delano takes pride in announcing the retirement after 20 years of United States Naval Service of her son, Senior Chief Jeff Delano of West Orange Texas.

Senior Chief Delano graduated from West Orange – Stark High School in 1991. On July 9, 1991 he shipped off to Great Lakes for boot camp. After recruit training he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, CT and reported to the USS WEST VIRGINIA SSBN 736, November 1991.

While onboard he completed six, deterrent patrols and qualified Diving Officer of the Watch and Chief of the Watch as a Second Class Petty Officer.

In March 1995, he transferred to NAVAL REACTORS Headquarters, Washington, D.C. Delano was picked to be a member of the Director’s briefing team before four Congressional committees. He was one of only five people assisting the Admiral in his testimony.

In June 1998, he reported to U.S. Navy research vessel, SUBMARINE NR-1. He served as the Supply Department Leading Petty Officer. He also served as Supply Officer during three overseas deployments, earning recognition as the 2000 Sailor of the Year.

In June 2002, Delano reported onboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN-73 serving as Aviation Support Depot Level Repairables Officer and Material Division Officer. He completed two six month Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf Deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch.

In April 2005, he reported to his current assignment as the VQ-4’s Material Control Officer. As the Material Control Officer he oversaw the proper execution of 141 million dollars of aviation fuel and support funds that encompassed over 37,000 flight hours in support of U.S. Strategic and U.S. Central Commands missions.

Senior Chief Delano volunteered for an Individual Augment deployment with Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn from April 2010 to October 2010.

Senior Chief Delano’s personal awards are the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), Expert Rifle and Pistol Medals. He is also qualified to wear the Naval Aviation Supply Officer, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Submarine Warfare, Deep Submergence, and SSBN Deterrent Patrol Pin (six awards) Breast Insignias.

Senior Chief Delano is married to Cindy Huff Delano of Trout Creek, Texas. They reside in Noble, OK with their two children Cody 19 and Beth Ann 14. Jeff and Cindy have enjoyed the adventures that the Navy has brought over the last 20 years but are looking forward to the next chapter in life.