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LT John J. Petrichko

 

     Lieutenant Petrichko enlisted in the Navy in February 1970.   After recruit training in Great Lakes . IL, he Attended Storekeeper A school in San Diego Ca and was assigned to the Naval Security Group, Galeta Island, Canal Zone.   Leaving Panama in 1974, His next assignment was in USS Piedmont AD-17 forward deployed  in Naples Italy.   Transferred to the Naval Supply Center in Charleston, SC SK1 Petrichko served as the Fleet Services Officer to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.   Returning to the fleet in 1977, SKC Petrichko served in USS Dewey (DDG 45) as both the Leading Storekeeper and Chief Master at Arms.  A change of orders in 1980 found SKC(SW) Petrichko assigned to the USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624B) as the leading SK and a qualified Diving Officer.    In 1983 SKC (SS, SW) Petrichko was selected for the Navy Supply Corps Limited Duty Officer program.    Ensign Petrichko was ordered to the Navy Supply Corps School  in Athens, GA and a follow on assignment to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).    Christmas 1985 found LTjg Petrichko serving as the Supply Services Officer at the Naval Station, Panama Canal.    The successful completion of Operation Just Cause found LT Petrichko assigned to the 3rd Marine Air Wing , Marine Corps Air Station, AZ were he served as the Station Supply Officer.     His final assignment in the Navy was in USS Constellation (CV-64) beginning in 1992.    LT Petrichko retired from the Navy in 1994.

        As a Naval Science Instructor, In 1994 Lt Petrichko opened the NJROTC Unit at BMC Durfee High school in Fall River, Ma.     The Unit was recognized as a Chief of Naval Education Training outstanding Unit for the school year 96/97 and was designated a Navy Honor Unit during school year 97/98. Moving to  Apache Junction, AZ  in July of 2000, Lt Petrichko lead the Unit to a number of top ten finishes in the various extra curricular programs associated with the NJROTC Unit here.   Notably, The National High School Drill team Championships in Daytona Beach, Fl,   and the Civilian Marksmanship Program in Atlanta, Ga along with other competitions in Nevada and New Mexico. The Unit was designated a Navy Honor Unit for the period 2001 through 2003. In 2003, Lt Petrichko moved again to Eudora, AR.  Due to school consolidation, Closed the NJROTC Unit at Eudora in 2006.  During the 2006/07 school year LT Petrichko was the senior instructor at Valley Traditional high school in Louisville, KY and that Unit earned the Navy Distinguished Unit award for the school year.  From 2007 until 2013 LT Petrichko has been the senior instructor at the NJROTC Unit in Crossett. AR.  In 2007 the Unit was rated 52 of 54 units in NJROTC Area 8.  Now the Unit is rated 12 of 52 units and second in the state of Arkansas.  

     Lieutenant Petrichko currently holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and is licensed to teach  NJROTC in  MA, AZ,KY and AR .  Is a member of the local teachers association and a member  District Personnel Policy Committee.  

      His military awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit ribbon with operational O, Meritorious Unit Citation with bronze star , Good Conduct with 3 bronze stars, Marine Corps Expeditionary Ribbon, Sea Service ribbon with one Silver star and one Bronze star, Overseas Service ribbon with two bronze stars and Expert Pistol medal.   His qualifications include Surface Warfare Officer, Aviation Supply Officer, Enlisted Submarine, Enlisted Surface Warfare and Submarine Deterrent Patrol.  

    Lieutenant Petrichko is married to the former La Nora Warnock of Coos Bay, OR .