U.S. Navy honors retiring officer who was among last recruits from PH
A formal U.S. Navy ceremony honored retiring Filipino Chief Warrant Officer Jules R. Amores on March 25 at the Naval Station in Lemoore, California.
CWO Amores was among the last of the thousands of U.S. Navy’s recruits from the Philippines as a result of a joint agreement that ended in 1992, the year he enlisted in the Navy.
Amores reported onboard HSL-32 (The Invaders) in Norfolk, Virginia and advanced to Aviation Structural Mechanic Third Class after a stint aboard the USS Yorktown.
Amores retired this week as CWO in charge of Aviation Technical Engineering Command at Naval Air Station Lemoore.
With officers and sailors wearing dress whites, he was honored for his service to the U.S. Navy, applauded for his talents, and recognized for his dedication, according to the Hanford Sentinel.
Amores has a master’s degree in Homeland Security from American Military University, a B.S. in management from Columbia University, Missouri, and Six-Sigma certification in quality assurance at Villanova University.
With the exception of an eight-year stint in Japan, Amores spent most of his naval career in Lemoore.
Master of ceremony Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) 4 Glen Rasberry welcomed more than 200 guests, including Amores’ wife, Jennifer, and their children. He explained that the rites they were about to observe began in the 1700s.
Amores recalled that he saw a Navy recruitment ad in newspaper and responded immediately. He thought there would be “20 or 30 of us, maybe 100,” but there were 3,000 applicants, out of which ten, including him, were picked.After taking a second entrance examination, Amores was selected with two other applicants to enter the program.