4/5/2012 2:13:00 PM Little to retire after 30 years of Naval Service
On Saturday, April 14, after 30 years of honorable service, Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Mark Little will retire from Naval Service. Executing the retirement will be Commander John Krouse, Commanding Officer of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Forty-Six, along with Commander Donald Ross, Commanding Officer of Navy Operational Support Center, Columbus.
Master Chief Little enlisted in the United States Navy in December 1981. He graduated from boot camp at Naval Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif. in 1982. Little attended AMS class “A” school in Millington, Tenn. and Naval Air Crew candidate school in Pensacola, Fla., then reported to his first duty station at Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6) in Norfolk, Va. In 1985, he reported to his second duty station onboard USS Coral Sea (CV-43), completing a world cruise and two Med cruises before being honorably discharged at the end of his enlistment in 1988.
Master Chief Little's first tour of duty in the Naval Reserves was with an SH-2 helicopter squadron (HCS-41) at NAS South Weymouth, Mass. He subsequently served with the E-2 Hawkeye squadron VAW-78 in Norfolk, Va. After transferring to Naval Air Reserve Center in Columbus, Little's assignments included USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), NR NAS Oceana 0195, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), NR CVN NE 0695 as Command Chief, and again at NR NAS Oceana as Command Senior Chief. In addition to serving in special assignments supporting Naval Aviation Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Fla., Little was recalled to active duty for one and a half years to Camp Bucca, Iraq.
Tested, selected and initiated as a Chief Petty Officer in 1998, Little was subsequently selected and promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2003 and Master Chief Petty Officer while deployed to Iraq in 2007. He was mobilized to Camp Bucca, Iraq from April 2006 through September 2007 with Navy Provisional Detainee Battalion II as Battle Captain. He was subsequently assigned as Reserve Maintenance Master Chief of F/A-18 squadron VFA-204 River Rattlers in New Orleans, La. and lastly assigned as the Reserve Senior Enlisted Leader of C-9 squadron, VR-46 Eagles in Fort Worth, Texas.
His awards include the Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy Unit Commendation (two awards), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (two awards), Navy Battle "E” (three awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (seven awards), Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Navy Rifle Sharpshooter and Navy Pistol Expert Ribbons. He is authorized to wear Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Wings and Naval Aircrewman Wings.
Master Chief Little earned a bachelor's degree in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2002. He graduated from the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, R.I. in 2005. He was employed as an Aviation Maintenance Mechanic, Inspector and Maintenance Manager with ABX Air, formerly Airborne Express, in Wilmington from 1991 through 2009 and is now employed by the Federal Aviation Administration as an Aviation Safety Inspector. Little is also active in Greenfield's VFW Post 4736, AMVETS Post 61 and the Highland County Honor Guard.
Master Chief Little is the son of Donald Little and Angie McAfee of Wheeling, W.Va and is married to the former Brenda Matesic of Benwood, W.VA. He and Brenda reside in Greenfield with their three children, son Blake and his wife Molly, daughters Virginia and Natalie, and two grandchildren, Luca Rose and Thomas Dean.