Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman James N. Guido, VFA-15 Maintenance Master Chief, retired from the United States Navy on May 30 after 29 years of service. A 1984 graduate of Phoenixville Area High School, he joined the Navy following graduation.
Guido’s first sea tour was attached to the USS Saratoga where he advanced from airman to petty officer second class. He then transferred to shore duty and worked in all aspects of off-aircraft repair. He qualified as a Naval Aircraft Painter and ran the Paint and Final Finish Work Center. In 1992 he returned to sea duty attached to USS Kitty Hawk where he earned the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist wings, made two Western Pacific deployments, advanced via the Command Advancement Program to the rank of Petty Officer First class and was selected as the Garuda Sailor of the Year for 1992.
In 1998 Guido was assigned to USS George Washington where he achieved 2000 Scorpion Sailor of the Year, 2000 COMVAQWING Sailor of the Year and was a finalist for 2000 Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year.
In 2001 Guido was selected for the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He earned his Master Training Specialist and in 2005 advanced to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. In 2006 he was assigned to USS Enterprise and made two successful combat deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
In 2009 he was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer and prepared the sailors and officers for the maiden deployment onboard the USS George H.W. Bush in 2011. His leadership and the efforts of the squadron were rewarded with the Battle “E” for 2011 in addition to the reputation of being the best Strike Fighter Squadron on NAS Oceana’s flight line.