Welcome Home Petty Officer, Chris Forde!
Petty Officer, Chris Forde, has arrived home after serving 5 years in the U.S. Navy.
He trained to be an aviation electrician in San Diego and Jacksonville where he was top of his class for the P3 airplanes. As a member of the VP-45 Pelicans squadron, he was deployed to El Salvador for six months. Chris earned the Global War on Terrorism Award, the Coast Guard Special Operations for Drug War Operations award for preventing millions of dollars of drugs from entering the U.S., the First Sea Service Deployment and the Battle “E” Ribbons for doing joint task force operations with the carrier groups. He was detached to Scotland and Norway for anti-submarine patrol and was deployed Djibouti, Africa for six months where he earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon for anti-terrorism operations in Africa and maritime patrol in local waters.
Perry Officer Ford received a Letter of Commendation from his commanding officer citing his exceptional technical knowledge, his assistance in training 26 plane handlers, his contributions which led to awards being made to the squadron, exceptional professionalism, and selfless devotion to duty which reflected credit upon himself in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He has been honorably discharged.
Chris, a 2004 graduate of LSHS, is the son of Sharon and the late John Forde. He is presently enrolled at Florida State Community College.
Welcome Home, Chris, and Thank You for your service!