Degrees and Certifications:
USMC Retired, Criminal Justice degree
Mr. Rick Stewart
Gunnery Sergeant Rick Stewart, USMC 6017 Retired. Naval Science Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Stewart graduated with Series 1108, Platoon 1111 at Parris Island, South Carolina in February of 1981. Follow up A-School MOS/training was conducted at NAS Millington Tennessee. Graduating from Marine Aviation Training Support Group (MATSG)-901 in June 1981, GySgt Stewart was selected to stand up Naval Squadron VFA-125 at Naval Air Station: Lemoore, California. GySgt Stewart received the crew chief/engine mech MOS designation of 6017 in August of 1981 and was responsible for training Marine and Navy fleet squadrons on the new replacement fighter/attack aircraft F/A-18.
Reassigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VMFA-323 at MCAS El Toro, California in March, 1983 to March, 1988, GySgt Stewart took part in squadron work ups which included training for carrier operations onboard the USS Constellation CV-64, and MCCRESS combat evaluation training at MCAS Yuma Arizona, Nellis AFB Las Vegas Nevada, NAS Oceana Virginia, NAS Jacksonville Florida and NAS Fallon Nevada. In October of 1985, VMFA-323 deployed to the Mediterranean Ocean with CVW-13 onboard the USS Coral Sea, CV-43. During this deployment VMFA-323 participated in Operation “El Dorado Canyon” and “Attain Document III” while engaging Libyan forces in February and May of 1986.
In 1988, GySgt Stewart was chosen to stand up and transition VMFAT-101 to the F/A 18. During this tour of duty, GySgt Stewart served as the night crew SNCOIC of Maintenance Control directing the maintenance effort of 13 work centers. Training Fleet Replacement Pilots, deployments included during this tour of duty were MCAS Yuma, Arizona, NAS Fallon Nevada, with carrier operations onboard the USS Forrestal CV-59 and the USS Independence CV-62. In November of 1991 during Desert Storm, GySgt Stewart was reassigned to the Marine Air Group-31 at MCAS, Beaufort S.C. During this assignment GySgt Stewart deployed twice to the Far East/WESTPAC with VMFA-122 and was stationed in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. Reassigned to VMFA (AW)-332 in June 1993, GySgt Stewart served in Maintenance Control and Quality Assurance. While in VMFA (AW)-332, he deployed to Aviano, Italy for combat operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In June 1995, GySgt Stewart was selected to instruct American and Foreign military aviation students at NAMTRAGRUDET-1038 at Naval Air Station Lemoore California. GySgt Stewart also served as the Platoon Commander for the base Auxiliary Security Force. In June of 1998 GySgt Stewart was reassigned to Marine Fighter Squadron VMFA-251 and served CVW-1 aboard the USS John F. Kennedy, CV-67. Deployments during this assignment include tours of the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean, and Caribbean. GySgt Stewart has traveled to more than 26 foreign countries/territories and had the opportunity to visit 27 American states.
GySgt Stewart retired from the Marine Corps in December 2000. Following retirement from active duty and MCJROTC/NJROTC certification he worked with Exceptional Children at East Burke High School from September 2001- June 2005. GySgt Stewart served as the NSI at NCHS from January 2006- November 2013. GySgt Stewart is proud to be back at South Caldwell High School and to be a part of the Spartan NJROTC program...SCHS Class of 1980. GySgt Stewart has both the NJROTC and MCJROTC certification. In 2010, GySgt Stewart completed his Criminal Justice degree with Grantham University.
When not teaching class GySgt Stewart trains the njrotc marksmanship team, orienteering team, weight lifting, and physical fitness team. Other collateral duties include preparing cadets for the summer programs offered by njrotc such as: Leadership Academy, Sail Academy, Basic Leadership Training and CO/XO school.