San Bernardino resident and proud mother-in-law Ellen Turner recently wrote about her son-in-law Victor Moreno who will be discharged with honors from the United States Navy on July 18, 2014 after 24-years of service.
This letter comes to you as a special request on behalf of myself and the family of my Son-in-Law, Chief Victor Hugo Moreno. Victor has served 24 years of his 42-years of life to preserve our freedom and on July 18, 2014 Victor will retire from the United States Navy.
He has lived his entire adult life in service to the American people. Can you imagine going in the Navy at age 18 and when you retire you are a father of four adult children and a 6-month grand daughter. He missed the birth of his children, their first day of school, the first steps they made, the first bike ride, learning how to drive, graduating from high school, first love, and the birth of my first great-grandchild (born on Christmas) not to mention all the missed holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries.
His wife of 24 years is Conna Turner Moreno, oldest son Victor Moreno, daughter Nia Turner Moreno Jarmon, youngest son Emmanuel Moreno and granddaughter Grace Jarmon.
Chief Logistics Specialist Victor H. Moreno Torres was born in CD. Morelos, Baja Ca., Mexico. In 1976 his parents, Roberto Moreno and Beatriz Torres, moved his brother, Robert Moreno and him to California, when his little brother, German Moreno, was born. They settled in San Bernardino, in 1984 and he graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1990, joined the Navy and went to Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois in Aug 1990. After Basic Training he went home and married his wife the former Conna A. Turner, then went on to SK “A” School in Meridian Mississippi, and graduated in Dec 1990.
On January 5, 1991 he reported to his first sea duty assignment, USS ELLIOT (DD-967) a Spruance class destroyer out of San Diego, Ca. Completed two Western Pacific Deployments (WESTPAC), “91-92” and “93”, and picked up SK3 along the way. Most important his first son, Victor A. Moreno and only daughter, Nia I. U. Moreno were born during this time!
In October of 1994, he transferred to his first Shore Duty at Naval Sub Base Pt. Loma, San Diego. Picked up SK2 during this time but more importantly his youngest son, Emmanuel A. Moreno, was born!
In July of 1997 he reported to PCD (Pre Com Detachment) Pearl Harbor and in January of 1998 he went to Avondale, New Orleans along with his crew to take the USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD-52), a Harpers Ferry class Amphibious Assault Ship, from the shipyard. Completed two WESTPAC’s, “00” and “01-02”. He completed his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification (ESWS) during this time, and was meritoriously promoted to SK1 under the Command Advancement Program (CAP) in June of 2001. Transferred back to shore duty in August 2002, prior to reporting to his new command he volunteered for the SEMINAR (Senior Enlisted Minority Advisor to Recruiters) Program, worked with Naval Recruiting District San Diego for two weeks.
Reported to COMSEACONWINGPAC, NAS North Island, San Diego in October 2002, tasked to work at ASD (Aviation Support Detachment) and was part of a training team that introduced Rifle (Relevant Information for Leadership) Training to NAS North Island, NAS Whidbey Island and MALS 11 at MCAS Miramar. Was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in September and in October transferred back to sea.
Reported to USS PINKNEY (DDG-91), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer out of San Diego. Completed RIMPAC ‘06” and one WESPAC “07” and volunteered for an IA assignment to Al asad Air Base, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008, was awarded his first Navy Commendation Medal. In March 2009 he transferred back to shore.
Reported to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) Detachment San Diego in April 2009. As the Family Readiness Chief he attended the first DoD Joint Military Family Readiness Conference in Chicago, I. His daughter Nia graduated from high school in Moreno Valley during this time! Transferred back to sea in April 2012.
In April 2012 he reported to MCM Crew Leader on board USS WARRIOR (MCM-10) an Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures ship out of San Diego. Completed a one year deployment to 5th Fleet onboard WARRIOR and USS SCOUT (MCM-8) and in July 2013 transferred to his current crew MCM CREW BULWARK and deployed again to 5th Fleet onboard USS SENTRY (MCM-3) from December 2013 to June 2014, his granddaughter, Grace Niara Sofia Moreno Jarmon, was born during this deployment! LSC Moreno’s personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), Good Conduct Medal (seven awards), and various unit and campaign awards.