The Executive Board meets monthly to plan chapter professional development, community service, fundraising, and scholarship activities. The Executive Board is elected by the General Membership; elections are conducted in July of each year.
Captain Cromartie received his commission in December 1983, upon completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of West Florida, and a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He completed Executive Education Programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).
During his 30-year Naval career, Captain Cromartie served in numerous challenging and rewarding operational and staff positions. He accumulated more than 2,500 flight hours and 300 carrier arrested landings in the F-14 Tomcat. Significant leadership assignments included Commander, Navy Region Southwest Reserve Component Command; Commanding Officer, Naval Air Facility Washington DC; and Director positions on several major Navy and Joint Service staffs in Washington, DC.
In addition to various campaign and unit awards, Cromartie’s personal decorations included the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3-awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3-awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3-awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2-awards).
Captain Cromartie retired from Naval service in January 2014 and currently is employed as the Director, General Services at the Port of San Diego. He leads the Port’s largest department in the repair and maintenance of Port facilities, infrastructure, vehicles and vessels. He resides with his family in Coronado, California.
LT Darnell T. Harris enlisted in the USN on June 18, 1997 and began his naval career as an undesignated Seaman Recruit. His enlisted assignments include USS STUMP (DD-978) in Norfolk, VA from October 1997 to July 2000 as a Boatswain mate Third Class Petty Officer, the Joint Intelligence Center located in Molesworth, England from October 2000 – 2003 as an Intelligence Specialist Third Class Petty Officer, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron TWO located in Rota, Spain as an Intelligence Specialist Second Class Petty Officer from September 2003 – 2006, and COMSEVENTHFLT Staff embarked on USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) in Yokosuka, Japan as an Intelligence Specialist First Class Petty Officer October 2006 - February 2010. It was during this tour, he was selected for Intelligence Specialist Chief Petty Officer. In February 2010, Chief Harris was reassigned to Commander Submarine Group SEVEN home based in Yokosuka, Japan and was selected for the Limited Duty Officer commissioning program.
Ensign Harris was reassigned to Commander Submarine Group SEVEN as the Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare (TASW) Intelligence Watch Division Officer in November 2010 – February 2013. During this tour he successfully qualified as an Intelligence Officer, earned his Information Warfare Officer (IWO) qualification and was selected as the 2012 Rear Admiral Thomas Brooks Naval Intelligence Junior Officer of the Year. In March of 2013, he was assigned to Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron NINE home based in Kaneohe Bay, HI and served as the Aviation Intelligence Officer through 2015. In March 2015, LT Harris was reassigned to Commander, THIRD Fleet Staff in San Diego, CA where he served as Chief of Intelligence Collection Management, Multi-Spectral Imagery and Fleet Support Officer. In April 2017, LT Harris was assigned as Flag Aide to Commander, Carrier Strike Group FIFTEEN located in San Diego, CA. It was during this tour LT Harris was laterally transferred from the Intelligence LDO designator to the 1830 Information Warfare Community as an Intelligence Officer. In July 2018, LT Harris transferred to Information Warfare Training Command San Diego and currently serves as an Instructor.
CDR Tiffanie Lawry is a native of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. She attended Texas Woman’s University, graduating in 1999 with a B.S. in Mathematics. She was commissioned through the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program. She reported to her first ship the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) as the Reactor Electrical Division Officer and completed a homeport change from Norfolk in 2001 in San Diego and her first Western Pacific Deployment in 2002-03 achieving the Propulsion Nuclear Engineering Officer qualification. She split toured from the NIMITZ in 2004, to join the USS DECATUR (DDG 73) as the Strike Officer and accomplished her Officer of the Deck Underway and Surface Warfare qualification. She also completed her second WESTPAC deployment.
CDR Lawry transitioned to shore duty in 2005, where she joined Joint Information Operations Command (JIOC), now known as the Joint Information Operations Warfare Command (JIOWC). She conducted Joint IO planning and training as well as Red Cell aggressor operations on many home based and forward deployed units, deploying to Kuwait, Iraq, and Qatar.
CDR Lawry returned to sea in her first Department Head tour in 2007 as Combat Systems Officer (CSO) onboard USS JARRET (FFG 33) where she completed a Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Deployment with many Asian Pacific countries. Her second department head tour in 2009 was also as CSO, on USS PINCKNEY (DDG 91) where she completed her third Western Pacific deployment for OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
CDR Lawry joined Tactical Training Group Pacific as the Counter Piracy Subject Matter Expert and a mentor for the Surface Warfare (Zulu) Cell in 2010. In 2012, she joined Carrier Strike Group Nine as Flag Secretary, and Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration. She was selected for XO Special Mission and transferred in late 2013 to join the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) as their Damage Control Assistant. She completed a 10-month WESTPAC deployment in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE, her fourth.
CDR Lawry is currently assigned to NAVAL SURFACE FORCES, U.S. PACIFIC FLEET as the Waterfront Readiness Support Officer. She also volunteers over 20 Hours a month to the American Red Cross of San Diego in the Information Planning and Dissemination Cell and Volunteer Services.
Tiffanie Lynne Lawry
Born to two Army sergeants, LT Maresa Martin was raised in Copperas Cove, Texas, right outside of Fort Hood. In May 2008, she graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Political Science and Economics. She subsequently served as a Senate aide to Senator Royce West and a Legislative Assistant in the Engrossing & Enrolling Office at the Texas State Capitol. After two years at the Capitol, Maresa resigned from her position to join the United States Navy.
In July 2010, Maresa received her commission as a Surface Warfare Officer through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. In August 2010, she completed Surface Warfare Officer School, and immediately reported to the USS PELELIU (LHA-5), homeported in San Diego, California. Onboard PELELIU, Maresa was assigned as the Interior Communications Officer and Legal Officer. She also took on the collateral duties as Assistant Administrative Officer and Training Officer. During Maresa’s tour onboard PELELIU, she completed two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and earned her Surface Warfare Pin. In August 2013, Maresa transferred to USS ARLINGTON (LPD-24), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. Onboard ARLINGTON, Maresa served as the Anti-terrorism Officer and Weapons Officer.
Subsequently, Maresa resigned her active duty commission to join the Navy Reserve. Upon her return back to San Diego, Maresa began her studies at California Western School of Law. While in law school, Maresa concurrently served as Administrative Officer at Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 303, providing administrative leadership for more than 200 Sailors spanning three detachments in San Diego and Port Hueneme, California and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In November 2017, Maresa reported aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) Headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia and now serves as a Tactical Advisor to MSC assets during maritime operations through chokepoints and critical missions.
As a civilian, Maresa works as a Business and Intellectual Property Attorney at her own law practice, Talbert Law Office, based in San Diego, California.
LT Twyla M. Odume Arbuckle is a native of Southern California. She began her undergraduate study at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Communications and a minor in Military Leadership in December of 2012. In June of 2016, she completed her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from National University.
She enlisted in the Navy in 2003 and completed Basic Training at RTC Great Lakes, Illinois. Following Information Systems Technician ‘A’ School, she completed her first sea tour aboard USS BATAAN (LHD-5) and deployed to the Persian Gulf, supported Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief, and received both the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist pins.
After completing her shore tour at OPTEVFOR, the Navy’s Test and Evaluation Command in Norfolk, VA, she was selected for the Seaman to Admiral Program FY-11 as a Surface Warfare Officer. Upon receiving her commission, she was subsequently assigned to USS HIGGINS (DDG-76) in 2013 and completed a deployment in the 5th and 7th fleet as the Gunnery Officer and Auxiliaries Officer. Next, she served as a Division Officer for the N9 Department in charge of manning the FREEDOM-Variant Crews and Surface Detachments at Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE in San Diego, Calif. In 2017, she served as the Training Officer aboard USS DECATUR (DDG-73). March 2019, she was selected to lateral transfer to the Human Resources Community. She currently serves as both the Administrative and Logistics Department Head for Naval Information Warfare Training Group in San Diego.
LT Arbuckle’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars, the Navy Good Conduct Medal with 2 bronze stars, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and various unit awards.
She married YNC (SW/AW) James Arbuckle in August 2012 who currently serves as the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Naval Intelligence Reserve Force in Point Loma, CA. Their daughter Madison was born March 10th, 2016.
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A proud native of Mobile, AL, CDR Bobby E. Brown, Jr. graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy in 1997. Once commissioned, he was designated a Naval Aviator in 1999. He earned a Masters of Science in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College in 2006, attended the Joint Forces Staff College in 2013, and earned a Certificate of Management from UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2018.
He served in a variety of training and operational squadrons including Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 40, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 37. He commanded the Battle “E” winning squadron Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49. He has accumulated over 2,300 flight hours with over 2,000 in the H-60.
His sea assignments included deployments aboard USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), USS WASP (LHD 1), and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93). He deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, the North Arabian Gulf in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, to the South Arabian Gulf in support of the Global War on Terrorism, to SEVENTH Fleet in support of Special Mission Ship Tasking, and to support Red Sea Anti-Piracy Missions in support of Overseas Contingency Operations. While assigned to USS WASP he earned his Officer of the Deck Underway qualification.
Assignments to shore and staff billets have included Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Fellow with an internship at the Center for Naval Analysis, OPNAV N1 Training and Education Resource Manager where he earned a Resource Management and Analysis sub-specialty, and in November 2010 he was selected as the Navy’s Military Aide to the Vice President of the United States.
In May 2016 CDR Brown was assigned to Commander Naval Air Forces as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion.
Personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and numerous campaign, unit, and service awards.