Capt. Anthony “Tony” Jaramillo entered the Navy in July 1984 and completed basic training in San Diego. Upon completion, he was designated an Airman and soon transferred to Naval Air Technical Training Center in Millington, Tennessee, where he completed Aviation Structural Mechanic “A” school.
Jaramillo’s highest enlisted rank was Petty Officer First Class and in 1993 he was selected to participate in the Enlisted Commissioning Program. His hard work and determination served him well on his way to being commissioned as a Navy officer in June of 1995. In 1998, he lateraled to the Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer Community and in 2006 was designated an Acquisition Professional Community member.
Capt. Jaramillo has served aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68). His shore duties have included: AIMD Sigonella, Sicily; Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Command at Naval Air Station North Island; Naval Air Systems Command Maryland; Officer in Charge at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest on North Island; program manager for specialized and proven aircraft program office (PMA-226); and finally as first Executive, and then Commanding Officer at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest.
Jaramillo has won numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards), and other service and campaign awards.
His true “award” has been the love from his family. Capt. Jaramillo and his wife, Carin, have been married 18 years and have two teenage boys. Oliver is a member of his school’s band and Jack is involved in Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Both play beach volleyball and like to surf with their father. They all love the outdoors and have taken many memorable family trips and hiking excursions.
The outstanding mentors and opportunities the Navy has provided have helped Jaramillo raise himself from very humble beginnings to where he is today. It is, however, his constant positive outlook, hard work, determination and love for the Navy that has allowed him to achieve his notable successes and to become worthy of being on the Avenue of Heroes.