|When a huge winter storm blew into Diego harbor in 1980,
many of the personal and special sevices boats moored in the marina were in
danger of damage. NTC security personnel and SSC students assisted the
marina, but several free‑swinging bows dug severe gashes into the pier,
causing several thousands of dollars in damage to the marina. A few weeks
later another storm warning tookk effect and the word was passed that NTC
and SSC personnel living off base Icould leave at 11:30 a.m. The exodus
reuIted In a mass traffic jam on Rosecrans, as local business workers also
left the area. NTC security personneI were posted at all gates and helped
direct the traffic.
The CPO club was robbed on June 16, 1980, by three armed men who grabbed
$6,200 from the club's safe. The men led NTC and San Diego police on a chase
out the gates and into the Point Loma community. One man was caught and
arrested; the other two escaped.
A few weeks later, several vending machines were vandalized and money boxes
were stolen in five NTC buildings. The vandals were never caught.
By November, 1982, the Hoist was reporting that the recreation department
was losing $ 1,000 per month in vending machine thefts and other break‑ins.
Eventually the crime spree ended, but not before five separate robberies
resulted Ina $3,952 loss.
San Diego rolled out the red carpet for a royal visit from England's Queen
Elizabeth II as her yacht, HMY Britannia, sailed into San Diego harbor, Feb.
26, 1983. RTC provided a 27‑man honor guard, and the Navy Band performed,
The recruits were chosen from three drill division companies and 'had from
five to eight weeks of training.
Chief Petty Officer Delano Genee "Casey" Jones directed two gun crews to
fire the 21 gun salute using NTC's two portable 40mm salute‑battery guns.
The salute was fired as the queen's 412‑foot yacht passed Ballast Point. A
second round of gun salutes was fired as she disembarked Britannia onto
Broadway pier. The battery was moved from Ballast Point down to the Navy
pier for the second salute.
In 1982, building 40 was demolished under a CNO pride and professionalism
program designed to upgrade appearances of military bases around the
county. The unused building was a 63‑foot high brick smoke built In 1942.
The area around gate one received a nautical touch when NTC Seabees used
Self‑Help techniques to create a cement anchor to border a flower bed. The
anchor was composed of 4.5 cubic yards of concrete and rose 18 inches yet
only five inches protruded above ground. The Flowers were planted by AdCom's
First Lieutenant Division.
As a result of this beautification, NTC won the 1983 CNO's Bronze Hammer
Award for self‑help. The Bronze Hammer Award was established in 1972 to
recognize activities that make outstanding contributions to quality of Navy
life by improving living quarters and personnel support, welfare and
recreation facilities utilizing self‑help. The biggest project Sailors
helped out with was the construction of RTC Graduation Visitors' Park. More
than 60 Sailors filled 2,400 cubic yards of earth to landscape the park.
Other work included repairs to enlisted barracks and the renovation of the
pedestrian walk‑thru at gate one.
Self‑Help Division received this award again for fiscal year 1987 for
renovations to the Recruit Chapel, AKC and the Top Four Club.
SSC won the Chief of Naval Technical Training Silver Anchor Award for fiscal
year 1988. This award is the runner‑up to the Golden Anchor Award, which is
presented to commands for superior excellence in retention, career
information and program management.
The following year, NTC was nominated as a finalist in the Capt. Edward
At a glance…
Jan. 11 ‑ Recruit review. held indoors due to inclement weather.
June Dress jumper 'crackerjacks' or bell bottoms re‑issued to
Aug. 18 Cmdr. Beth F. Coye, PSA's first C.0, retires.
Apr 10 MCPON Thomas S. Crow visits NTC; is guest speaker at CPO
March 17 SecNav John F. Lehman Jr. visits NTC.
March 19 M‑1 rifles implemented in recruit training
Dec. 21 Capt. Roberta Hazarrd (later Rear Adm.) relieves Capt. M. E.
Fladager as AdCom C.O.
Feb. 26 Queen Elizabeth 11 visits San Diego.
April 4 NTC receives Equal Opportunity Award for 1982‑1983.
Oct. 28 celebrates 60th anniversary
NTC awarded CNO Bronze Hammer Award for self‑help'.
April 16 - Fire damages Lace Auditorium. Damages set at $35,000
Fire completely destroys base laundry. Damage's set at $1 million for
structure $350,000 for equipment.
Adm. Chiles relieves Rear Adm. Norman D Campbell as center commander.
McDonald's restaurant opens, at NTC.
John Finn Hall dedicated
IC "A" School expands from eight to 22 weeks.
The Honorable Maureen O'Connor, Mayor of San Diego, is reviewing
official at recruit graduation
NTC receives second CNO Bronze Hammer Award
Supply Department receives Presidential Letter of Commendation and
'Presidential Management Award for customer service
North Chapel receives VVAVES stained! glass window
PSA formally disestablishes
NTC receives its, first Automatic Teller Machine
NTC celebrates 65th anniversary
NTC wins second place in Capt. Edward F. Ney award.
Capt. Robert McClendon Jr. relieves Capt. Colin H. Saari as RTCs
F. Ney Memorial Award for food service excellence. This was the first time
NTC was nominated for this prestigious award, competing against Naval
Station Norfolk, Va., in the finals for large shore category. These two
commands surpassed 79 other Navy‑wide general messes to compete for the
first place honors. On June 21‑ 1989, the evaluation board convened at NTC
and inspected its galley and mess facilities, warehouses and
administrative procedures. After the judging, NTC took second place behind
Norfolk. In 1989, NTC had the third largest of the 685 general messes in
Service School Command won the Chief of Naval Education and Training
(CNET) Silver Anchor for large command retention excellence in FY‑ 1987.
The Silver Anchor is the second place award given to the command with the
highest retention rate. At that time, SSC had 35 career counselors on hand
to advise Sailors on their careers. Factors that determined the award
included training, community involvement, recognition and command morale.
In addition, Personnel Support Activity received two awards from CNET in
the small command category: Silver Anchor Award for retention and the
Management Excellence Award (training support category). The latter award
recognized PSA's excellence in pay, personnel, transportation, quality of
service, and positive life programs.
However, on Oct. 1, 1988, PSA formally disestablished and the facility
transferred its functions to PSA San Diego, under the command of Capt.
Anthony C. Sicarl. The disestablishment occurred in order to save money
and manpower. In 1998, PSA had nine officers, 170 enlisted personnel and
88 civilian servicing 24 commands approximately 700 staff, transients and
recruits. In the ten years since it began, PSA/NTC served 115,000
personnel and the pay disbursing function grew from $85 million in 1979 to
more than $146 million in 1988.
New facilities were opening up in the 1980s. A new child care center
opened at NTC in 1983. The center waslocated near gate one in building 11.
This child care center remained here until a newer facility was opened in
building 619, March 1992.
Construction began on a 720-person bachelor enlisted quarters in
February, 1985. Rear Adm. Norman Campbell, center commander and Capt.
Richard Schleicher, commanding officer, SSC, held a ground breaking
ceremony on the area at the corner of Truxtun and Farragut Roads for the
584 barracks complex. Costing $7.7 million, construction was completed
by June, 1987, and the new barracks housed mess management specialist and
machinery repairman students.
In 1987, another BEQ was built. This open-bay style barracks housed 360
Sailors and had a lounge, game room and laundry facilities.
The largest BOOST graduation ceremony was held on June 4, 1982 when 243
Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel graduated following ten months
of college preparation. This was the largest BOOST graduation up to that
Another Hepatitis case was confirmed at NTC in 1982. A Navy Exchange
cafeteria employee contracted hepatitis in March and all cafeteria
employees and military personnel who ate there received inoculations. No
other cases were reported and no one was seriously hurt from the
M inor upkeep on the USS Recruit began in 1981. The hull was refabricated
and repainted Navy haze gray. By April, 1982, the upkeep was complete.
The newly-refitted land-locked ship included the addition of a
helicopter landing area, internal classroom spaces and a pilot house.
The ship was also equipped with devices which simulated ship engineering
and propulsion systems, communications networks and authentic command
and control stations.
Fire struck the Luce Auditorium April 6, 1984, heavily damaging the snack
bar area and causing some damage to the stage, hallway and main en-
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The school was located behind building 5 1.
A huge celebration was held Oct. 28, 1983 commemorating the 60th
anniversary of NTC. The day kicked off with a 10,000 meter and two‑mile
fun‑run. The base held bus tours which took visitors to USS Recrult, RTC
headquarters for a slide presentation and other areas around the base.
SSC had several static displays including demonstrations of Morse code
and teletype, cake garnishing, sound‑powered telephones, and molding and
sand casting. There was a huge cake cutting ceremony with Capt. H. L.
Plowman, center commander; Airman Recruit Jay M. Hight, honor recruit;
and CWO Raymond Littrell, USN (Ret.) and Chief Machinist Mate Luther M.
Nelson, USN (Ret.) two 1923 RTC graduates.
Five years later, Littrell returned for the 65th anniversary
celebration. For this event, San Diego Charger Kellen Winslow was on hand
at Ingram Plaza signing autographs for Sailors before the opening
ceremonies there. Along with Littrell and Winslow, other special guests
were Gloria McColl, Deputy San Diego Mayor; Mrs. Pete Wilson; Rear Adm.
W.E. Aut, former NTC center commander; and co‑chairman San Diego's
Accolades committee Morris Wax.
Many distinguished officials sent proclamations to NTC thanking the base
for it’s 65 years of service to San Diego and the Navy. Those sending
proclamations included Congressman Duncan Hunter, Senator Pete Wilson, San
Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral C.A.H.
Trost, and the Secretary of the Navy.
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the U. S.
Ing together in 60 minutes.
NTC's basketball team captured the Naval Southern Regional Basketball
Championships in January, 1984, with a win over Miramar, 69-56.
Roy Moore Jr., NTC's judo coach since 1959, retired In 1984 after 25 years
of coaching. His career began as a wrestler and judo competitor In 1927.
Seaman Recruit Adrian L. Fender from company 135 was selected to carry the
1984 Olympic torch during a pass through San Diego. He made a
one‑kilometer up‑hill jog on July 24 near Escondido and practiced for the
torch relay by running with a flashlight on Preble Field.
In 1987 NTC started a component command competition called the *NTC
Commander’s Cup." The award was given for athletic excellence. SSC was the
recipient of the first commander's cup. SSC repeated as champions again in
A new club opened at NTC in 1989. Section 193 was an all‑hands sports bar
that opened In building 193 In June.
Redd Foxx of TV's "Sanford and Son" visited and toured the base in August,
1980. He was greeted by recruits at Camp Nimitz, had lunch In the SSC
wardroom and signed the initiation charge books of several prospective
chief petty officers.
Singer/Actress Tina Turner came to NTC to see her son, Craig R Turner,
graduate from RTC Company 903, Feb. 27, 198 1. Craig later attended
Radioman "A" school.
The brother of Miss America, 1982 was in boot camp when his sister,
Elizabeth Ward was crowned. Seaman Recruit Van Ward was training with
company 165 and could not watch the pageant on television. Following his
graduation on Sept. 18, 198 1, he flew to Los Angeles to meet her where
she was appearing on a game show.
As a new decade closed in, the first round of base closure
recommendations was announced. NTC was not on the list ‑ yet.