NNOA SAN DIEGO CHAPTER
Strengthening a diverse officer corps to enhance operational readiness in the sea services
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.
LT TWYLA ARBUCKLE
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 and served as both the Administrative and Logistics Department Head for Naval Information Warfare Training Group in San Diego. She currently leads the Officer Programs Department at Navy Recruiting District 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 where they raise their daughter, Madison.
LCDR ISAIAH STOKES
LCDR Isaiah T. Stokes is a native of North Chicago, Illinois, and received his commission and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009.
He reported to USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7), home-ported in Norfolk, VA, for his first sea tour as an engineering division officer, serving in main propulsion and repair divisions. Upon his transfer in November 2011, LCDR Stokes reported to Patrol Coastal Crew JULIET in February 2012 as the crew’s Operations Officer/Navigator for his second division officer tour.
Upon completing his division officer tours, LCDR Stokes reported to the Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit, Great Lakes as the IC ‘A’/’C’ schools director, and later served as Executive Officer. During this tour, he received his Masters of Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1.
LCDR Stokes completed Department Head School and the AEGIS CSO pipeline in 2017. He completed his first department head tour as the Operations Officer aboard USS SPRUANCE (DDG 111) in February 2019, and is currently the Plans & Tactics Officer for USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6).
His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and various unit awards and service ribbons.
He is married to Oneika Stokes, and resides in Chula Vista, CA.
LCDR MARESA TALBERT
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 CIARA SCOTT BLACK
LT Ciara D. Scott Black is a native of Memphis, TN. She enlisted in the supply community in September 2009.
In January 2010, after graduating Logistics Specialist ‘A’ school, she was assigned to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Naples, Italy. During her tour, she was selected Blue Jacket of the Year FY 2011 and 2012. In March 2013, she reported to Naval Support Activity Bahrain as the supply Leading Petty Officer for its harbor patrol unit. While serving here, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Maryland University College. In May 2014, she was assigned to USS Halsey (DDG 97) in Pearl Harbor, HI. She completed a Western Pacific deployment in 2015 and was selected Junior Sailor of the Year.
In September 2016, she was selected for Officer Candidate School and reported to Navy Supply Corps School to complete its Basic Qualification Course. Upon graduation, she received orders to USS Lake Champlain where she served as the Food Service Officer, Sales and Disbursing Officer. She is qualified to wear the Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer pin. She currently serves at Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center San Diego as the Approving Official for its Fleet Operations Department.
Her personal awards include Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Information Warfare Specialist, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6th Award), Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), and various service and campaign awards.
LTJG SHAQ KEELS
Lieutenant Junior Grade Keels is from Philadelphia, Pa. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School in 2013 and the United States Naval Academy in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in History.
He reported onboard USS AMERICA (LHA 6) in 2017 as the CE, IC Division Officer for her maiden deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He also served as the Repair Division Officer where he was responsible for operating, repairing, and maintaining installed firefighting systems and equipment, damage control equipment, and chemical, biological and radiological defense equipment.
During his time onboard USS AMERICA LTJG Keels served as a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA) and the ship’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Point of Contact (SAPR POC) where him and his team of Victim Advocates won the Command Navy Installation Command’s Naval Base San Diego’s 2019 “Most Proactive SAPR Afloat Command”.
LTJG Keels’ next tour will be on the USS JACKSON (LCS 6) as the Assistant Operations Officer. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign and service awards.
LT ZAI ANDU
Public Affairs Officer
LT Andu, is a native of Chicago, Illinois and enlisted in the United States Navy in 2001. Her first enlisted assignment was Headquarters Battalion, 2d Marine Division 2002 where she deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2006, where she deployed from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She went on to serve at Naval Medical Clinic Hawaii 2011 where she deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
While serving in Hawaii she completed her Associates in General Studies and her undergraduate degree in Health Care Management at Wayland Baptist University in 2012. She then reported to Naval Hospital Sigonella Italy 2011 where she completed her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Scranton 2015. She commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior in the Medical Service Corps in March 2017 through the Medical Service Corps In-Service Procurement Program.
She reported to Naval Submarine Medical Research Center for her first tour as an officer in June 2017 serving as the Department Head of Operations. She transferred to her current assignment as Assistant Supply Officer onboard USNS MERCY, San Diego CA in May 2019.
LT Andu’s decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various other campaign and unit awards.
LT GREG CORLETTE
Lieutenant Corlette enlisted in the U.S. Navy on May 10, 2004. He was subsequently
assigned to USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville, FL, Naval
Support Activity Diego Garcia and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). After promotion to Chief
Petty Officer in 2013, he was commissioned as a Limited Duty Officer in May 2015.
Upon commissioning, he served as Assistant First Lieutenant onboard USS Ronald
Reagan. In June 2018, he reported to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) where he served
as First Lieutenant. In August 2020, he reported to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
where he currently serves as Port Operations Officer.
Lieutenant Corlette is a graduate of Trident University International with a Bachelor of
Science in Finance and Brandman University with a Master of Arts in Organizational
Leadership. He previously served as Vice President for the San Diego NNOA chapter and
now serves as Parliamentarian.
His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy Achievement
Medal (4 awards), and various service campaign medals and ribbons.
He is married to the former Ms. Laura Carmen Villodas and they have one daughter: Malia.
CAPT DEWON CHANEY
Captain Chaney was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Following high school, he enlisted in the Navy in 1993 and was selected to attend the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program following basic training. He earned an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College and commissioned via the NROTC program in the summer of 1998.
Captain Chaney was designated a Naval Aviator in July 2000 and then reported to HC-3 in San Diego for H-46 fleet replacement training after completing a brief H-60 qualification at HSL-40 in Mayport, FL. Captain Chaney’s operational assignments include his junior officer tour with the “Providers” of HC-5 in Yigo, Guam where he deployed on the USNS San Jose (AFS 7), USNS Kiska (AE 35), and twice onboard USS Essex (LHD 2). CAPT Chaney served aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as the V-2 Waist Catapult Branch Officer and V-1 Flight Deck Officer. His department head tour was with the “Island Knights” of HSC-25 where he deployed to Basrah, Iraq. He commanded the “Wildcards” of HSC-23 and the “Merlins” of HSC-3.
Shore and staff assignments include Flag Aide to the 53rd Chief of Naval Personnel, a tour at the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee as the Helicopter Sea Assignments Officer, and a Pentagon tour as Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs within the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy. In October 2019, Captain Chaney reported for duty as Commander, Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Wing.
Captain Chaney attended the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, completing his Phase I Joint Professional Military Education, and earning a Master’s degree in National Security and strategic Studies.
He has accumulated over 2,000 flight hours in various aircraft to include the H-46, H-60, and MV-22. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service, Medal Meritorious Service Medal (2), Strike/Flight Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), the Army Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and several unit, campaign and service awards.
CAPT (RET) MARCO CROMARTIE
Senior Retired Advisor
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.