Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (ITCS) Michael A. Perez was born in New York City but grew up in Dominican Republic birthplace of his parents; Victor and Esperanza. Senior Chief Perez enlisted out of Fort Buchanan on the island of Puerto Rico in October 1992. He reported for “Boot Camp” at Navy Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes Il on January 11th, 1993. After graduation he immediately attended the Naval Service Training Command Seaman course. Upon completion he reported for duty with First Division on-board the USS Ford (FFG-54) in May 1993 as an undesignated “Deck Seaman”.

He obtained the rating of Radioman upon advancing to 3rd Class Petty Officer in December of 1995. He also qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist while stationed on the USS Ford. He performed admirably during his ship’s Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployments in both 1993 and 1995, earning various medals and awards to include Junior Sailor of the Year and meritorious advancement to E5 through the Command Advancement Program (CAP).

RM2 Perez left USS Ford in May of 1997 and reported to NAVCOMTELSTA Washington, DC, for Joint Communications Duty at the Pentagon Telecommunications Center (PTC). During his Pentagon tour he was promoted and converted to IT1. He also attended Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and completed his Associates Degree in Computer Networking.

He departed the Washington DC area in the fall of 2000 and reported as Leading Petty Officer (LPO) of the Communications Division (Radio) onboard the USS Saipan (LHA-2) in Norfolk, VA. During this tour he participated in a Mediterranean Cruise to conclude his third deployment overseas. He was honorably discharged from Active Duty in April of 2001, and immediately affiliated in the Navy Reserves (NAVRES) in May of 2001.

His first NAVRES assignment took him back to the Pentagon in support of the now decommissioned Naval Reserve

Command Center 106 (NCC 106), which operated out of Naval Station Anacostia, Washington DC. While at NCC 106 he qualified as Communications Watch Officer (CWO) on the Navy Command Center (NCC) watch team, augmenting the NCC Active Component.

In October of 2002, he transferred commands and was assigned to the then newly established Chief of Naval Operations Ops and Planning (CNO OPS & PLANS) unit. He immediately had a positive impact and became the unit Training Petty Officer, and later the Command LPO. He was selected as the command’s 2003 Sailor of the Year, and then the following summer he promoted to Chief.

ITC Perez left CNO OPS & PLANS in August of 2005 and joined NR SPAWAR 866 at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, VA. He seamlessly integrated himself into the Navy Space Program and eventually became the Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) for SPAWAR 866.

In February of 2010, he was reassigned to take over as SEL of NR SPAWAR 366 also in support of the NRO. During this tour he completed the arduous Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification in February 2011. He then advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer in April of 2012. Later that summer he was selected for ADT in support of the 57th Presidential Inaugural. He reported to USNORTHCOM, Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) as Special Events NCOIC in October of 2012. There he supported and collaborated with the U. S. Secret Service, U. S. Park Police, Capitol Police, Metro P.D., and all DoD Branches in a flawless and safe execution of inaugural events.

Upon completion of the Presidential Inaugural ADT he returned to SPAWAR 366 and in March of 2013 he transferred to NR National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency 0166 (NGA 0166) where he served as the SEL. In June 2016 he reported to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) for a six-month mobilization supporting multi-national forces in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR). In October of 2017 he reported to United States Naval Observatory Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Reserve Activity 0292  (NMORA USNO 0292) as the SEL. Concurrently he reported to the NGA on a two-year ADT (Active Duty assignment for Reservists) to serve as the Operations Officer of the Cybersecurity Operations Cell (CSOC).

ITCS Perez’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal (3), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and various campaign and unit awards.

Senior Chief Perez is married to the lovely Sonia Perez of Patterson, NJ and is the proud father of Sonia’s children from her 1st marriage (Frankie, Steven, Anthony, & Erik). She and Senior then became parents of twin boys (Chris, and Alex) in February of 2007. He is also a devoted grandfather to Leah, Hailey, Josué, and Daniel. In his civilian career, Senior Chief Perez is a Systems Engineer with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in Springfield, VA. Although he’s serving an Active Duty 24-month tour that ends September 2019.