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CDR (RET) Michael P. Gramolini was born in Newport, Rhode Island on 27 July 1962. He entered active duty on August 28, 1980 and attended boot camp at RTC Great Lakes.

His assignments include: USS America (CV-66); Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes; VFA-137; NATTC Memphis, TN; USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70); Naval Base Ventura County; CVW-11; USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74); US Strategic Command Offutt AFB, NE; Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit; and Navy Munitions Command Yorktown, VA.

His awards include: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 Awards); Navy Expeditionary Medal (2 Awards); Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 Awards), Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 Awards), Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 Awards); Meritorious Serve Medal (2 Awards), and Defense Meritorious Medal.

He had an extremely successful active duty career, moving through the ranks from Airman Recruit to Commander. During this career his efforts made a significant and positive impact on the Aviation Ordnance community and the Navy/Marine Corps team as a whole. Some of his active duty accomplishments were:

• Selected as a Recruit Company Commander at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. During his tour, he trained, Lead and mentored ten Recruit Companies all graduating with Distinction.

• Expertly assembled and managed 165 Navy, Marine Corps and civilian instructors at 6 learning sites, graduating 1,929 classes and 15,040 highly trained technicians for Fleet operations.

• Provided professional guidance and key Aviation Ordnance expertise as an AO “A” School Instructor. Instructed and graduated three classes of over 100 sailors with no student failures.

Following his military career, he continued his contributions to the ordnance community while working as a civilian Explosives Safety Officer (ESO) at Naval Air Station, Key West, and NSA Souda Bay, Crete. His success as an ESO led to him being selected to become an Explosive Safety Inspector for Naval Ordnance Safety & Security Activity Atlantic.

He is a committed supporter of the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen . He is Life Member 4097. He is a been a member and officer in Chapters 1, 7, 9, S-87, Key West, and founding father the Spartan Chapter in Souda Bay Crete. He has served on the National Board of Directors for 2 years and was the AAOEF Vice-President for 3 years.