Commander Manuel Sanchez

Cmdr. Manuel Sanchez, a native of Beeville, Texas, joined the U.S. Navy in May 1990. After completing recruit training, he attended Aviation Maintenance Administrationman “A” School.  He later earned his commission as an ensign through the Limited Duty Officer program. He has a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and is pursuing a Master of Engineering Technical Management with Texas A&M University.
 
His enlisted tours include Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 12, Naval Station (NAS) Norfolk, Virginia; Fighter Squadron (VF) 74, NAS Oceana, Virginia; USS Wasp (LHD 1) based at Norfolk, Virginia; Navy Recruiting District Houston, Texas; and Sea Control Squadron (VS) 21, Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan.
 
As an officer, his operational and at-sea tours include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 as maintenance/material control officer and assistant maintenance officer, NAF Atsugi, Japan; Blue Angels as maintenance officer, NAS Pensacola, Florida; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 as maintenance/material control officer and assistant maintenance officer, NAS North Island, California; and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 as maintenance officer, NAS Lemoore, California. 
 
His ashore assignments include Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 30 as maintenance/material control officer, NAS Point Mugu, California; Fleet Readiness Center Southeast as maintenance/material control officer, assistant maintenance officer, and the command’s initial AIRSpeed Lean Six Sigma officer, NAS Jacksonville, Florida; and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41 as maintenance officer, NAS North Island, California. 
 
Sanchez reported as executive officer, Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Lemoore in May 2020.

Sanchez currently serves as commanding officer, CNATTU Lemoore.
 
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (seven awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and service awards. He was awarded the Helicopter Strike Maritime Wing, Pacific Senior Maintenance Officer of the Year in 2018.

Last Updated: 14 October 2021

 
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