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

Cmdr. Kenneth Sanchez, a native of Pensacola, Florida, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1984, completing Aviation Electrician’s Mate “A” School in Millington, Tennessee. After selection through the Limited Duty Officer Program, he commissioned as an ensign in June 1998.

Sanchez’ enlisted tours of duty include Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department; Fighter Squadron (VF) 111; Naval Air Maintenance Training Group Det. Miramar, where he was selected for promotion to chief petty officer; VF-21; Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 51; and HSL-49.

After commissioning, Sanchez’ operational assignments include USS Constellation (CV 64); HSL-47; Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102; and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3.

His shore tours include Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific and Carrier Air Wing 1.

Sanchez reported for duty as the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) North Island executive officer in July 2015 and assumed command of the organization in March 2017.

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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. Randall
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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