CNATT Unit North Island
Commander Kenneth "Pony" Sanchez
Commanding Officer
Commanding Officer

Commander Kenneth Sanchez is a native of Pensacola, Florida. He attended Oak Harbor High School, graduating in 1981 and then, following in his father’s footsteps, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1984. He attended recruit training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, and Aviation Electrician’s Mate “A” School in Millington, Tennessee.

Sanchez reported to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) aboard Naval Air Station Miramar, California, for his initial tour of duty, where he specialized in the repair of hermetically sealed flight indicators, and was promoted from Airman to Petty Officer 2nd Class during this tour.

Sanchez next reported to Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111) aboard NAS Miramar in July 1988. There, he served as the AE Shop Supervisor, was promoted to Petty Officer 1st Class and completed three Western Pacific deployments as part of Carrier Air Group 15 onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

In August 1992, Sanchez reported to Naval Air Maintenance Training Group (NAMTRAGRU) Detachment Miramar, where he instructed students on all F-14A electrical systems. Here, he was selected as Instructor of the Year, Sailor of the Year and entered the prestigious ranks of the Chief Petty Officers’ Mess.

In July 1995, Sanchez reported to Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) aboard Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan, as part of CAG 5. He completed one deployment aboard USS Independence (CV 62) as the Flight Deck Chief, and was part of that squadron’s de-commissioning.

In Mar 1996, Sanchez was assigned to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) 51 (HSL-51) aboard NAF Atsugi. He completed four deployments as the Detachment 3 Leading Chief Petty Officer aboard USS Thach (FFG 53) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52).

After a short tour with HSL-49 at Naval Air Station North Island, California, Sanchez was commissioned as an Ensighn in June 1998. He reported aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) as the IM4, then IM3 Division Officer, completing two deployments in support of Operation Southern Watch and was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade.

In March 2002, Sanchez reported to HSL-47 at NAS North Island as the MMCO/AMO. There, he was promoted to Lieutenant and successfully led the first ever transition of a LAMPS squadron on board carriers as part of the Navy’s ‘Bravo to Sea’ initiative.

In Jan 2005 Sanchez reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 102 (VFA-102) at NAF Atsugi, Japan, working on the FA-18F Super Hornet. He served as MMCO and AMO, completed several deployments aboard Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and was selected as the 2007 Cmdr. Robert Rothschild Maintenance/Logistics Officer of the Year for Strike Fighter Wing Pacific.

In December 2007, Sanchez reported to Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet (CNAF) in San Diego. During this tour, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and was CNAF’s coordinator in leading the planning of CVW-5’s homeport move from NAF Atsugi, Japan, to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan.

In December 2011, Sanchez was selected to be the Carrier Air Wing Maintenance Officer of CVW-1 and transferred to NAS Oceana, Virginia. There, he completed the last two highly successful deployments aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Sanchez reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 (HSC 3) at NAS North Island, California, in April 2013, serving as the Fleet Replacement Squadron Maintenance Officer and was promoted Commander.

In July 2015, Sanchez reported aboard Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) Unit North Island as the Executive Officer, and took command of the unit in March 2017.

Commander Sanchez’ decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, seven Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, eight Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various unit, campaign, and service medals. To date, he has the distinct pleasure of serving more than 31 years in the United States Navy.

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Commander Mark A. Kennedy
Executive Officer
Executive Officer

Native to Ukiah, California, Commander Mark A. Kennedy enlisted in the Navy in 1986 as an Aviation Electronics Technician, attending recruit training in Great Lakes, then “A” school and Advanced First Term Avionics (AFTA) at Naval Air Technical Training Center in Millington, Tenn.

Following training Kennedy was assigned to Naval Air Station North Island’s Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), where he specialized in the repair of the APS-116 radar. Subsequent enlisted tours include AIMD Miramar SeaOpDet where he completed two successful deployments aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in support of Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch. Assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 2 (HS-2) Golden Falcons, Kennedy completed two deployments aboard USS Constellation (CV-64), had the privilege of joining the esteemed Chief Petty Officer’s Mess and had his extremely successful tour culminate in joining the commissioned ranks as a Navy Mustang.

In January 2001, Ens. Kennedy reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25), completing multiple work-ups and a ten-month deployment aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. During his tour with VFA-25, Keennedy excelled as MCO and subsequently as the MMCO.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Kennedy was next assigned to HS-10 as the Assistant Maintenance Officer. Never one to shy away from a challenge, he volunteered to assume the role of Maintenance Officer for HS-10’s first seagoing detachment, Expeditionary Sea Combat Unit One, deploying to the Southern Philippines in support of JSOTF-P Expanded Maritime Interdiction Operations.

Subsequent assignments include USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) where he qualified as an Officer of the Deck Underway while completing two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi, the Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific H60/MQ-8 Fleet Introduction Team as the Maintenance Officer and aboard USS America (LHA 6) as the AIMD Officer.

Lieutenant Commander Kennedy reported in March 2016 to Carrier Air Wing Five where he served as the Detachment Officer-in-Charge and was promoted to Commander.

Commander Kennedy assumed duties at the Executive Officer for the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) Unit North Island in March 2017.

Kennedy’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (7 awards), Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (3 awards) and multiple unit and campaign awards. He has also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Management from Excelsior College.

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ASCM Oliver J. Randal
Command Master Chief
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Oliver J Randall was born in Ukiah, California, in April 1973. He graduated from Del Norte High School in 1991 in Northern California, entered the U.S. Navy in June 1991 and completed Basic Training at San Diego in September 1991.

Randall attended Aviation Support Equipment “A” School in Millington, Tennessee. His first assignment was aboard USS Iwo Jima (LPH2) in Norfolk, Virginia. His other assignments include: USS Independence (CV62); Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan; Fleet Readiness Center Northwest in Whidbey Island, Washington; USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72), in Everett, Washington; Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois; USS John C. Stennis (CVN74) in Bremerton, Washington; Navy Manpower Analysis Center, Millington, Tennessee; and USS Essex (LHD2) in San Diego.

He earned an Associate’s in Arts degree in Electrical Mechanical Technology from Coastline Community College and is currently working on his Bachelor’s in Human Resources.

Master Chief Randall’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Three Awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three Awards), and various unit awards.

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