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CAPT Johnetta C. THomas, commanding officer

Captain Johnetta C. Thomas is the commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Naval Support Activity Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Navy Yard Annex. Capt. Thomas is from Riviera Beach, Florida, and a graduate of the University of West Florida in Pensacola earning a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. She was commissioned November 1997 through the Officer Candidate School Program. She earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Troy University in 2008 and a Master of Art’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2013.
Her most recent assignment was Chief of Staff, Office of Special Projects, Washington, D.C. Her other on shore assignments include: Executive Officer, Naval Supply Systems Command, Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk, Virginia; Electrical Devices and Nuclear Reactor Programs Division Chief, Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio; Deputy Chief of Logistics Support and Services, US Southern Command, Miami, Florida; Afloat Configuration and Force Stock Control Officer, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia; Support and Facilities Department Head, Naval Telecommunications Station, Puerto Rico; and Naval Acquisition and Contracting Officer Intern, Defense Contract Management Agency, Atlanta, Georgia.
Her operational tours include Supply Officer, USS BATAAN (LHD 5); Supply Officer, USS MITSCHER (DDG-57); and Disbursing Officer and Material Stores Officer, USS NASSAU (LHA-4). She also served as an individual augmentee with Multi National Forces Iraq Contracting Officer in Mosul and Tikrit, Iraq.

Personal decorations include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one bronze oak leaf), Meritorious Service Medal (one gold star), Joint Service Commendation Medal (one gold star), Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (one gold star), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medals (two gold stars), and various service awards. She is qualified Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer and Naval Aviation Supply Corps Officer; and a member of the Navy Acquisition Professional community and a Joint Qualified Officer. 

CDR Dana r. potak, officer in charge

A native of Naugatuck, Connecticut, upon completion of high school in 1998 Commander Potak enlisted in the United States Navy and later received his commission through the United States Naval Academy.  He graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in history and received a master’s degree in defense and strategic studies from the Naval War College in 2021. 
 
His afloat tours include: Executive Officer, USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) from October 2019 to October 2020; Combat Systems Officer, USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) from May 2015 to December 2016; Weapons/Combat Systems Officer, USS Samuel B Roberts (FFG 58) from October 2013 to March 2015; Damage Control Assistant, USS Robert G Bradley (FFG 49) from October 2009 to May 2011; R-Division Officer / Communications Officer / EKMS Manager, USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) from July 2007 to August 2009; and as an Aviation Electronics Technician; Fighter Squadron TWO (VF 2) from April 1999 to June 2000.  While afloat, Commander Potak completed four deployments to the C5F, C6F, and C7F areas of responsibility.       
 
Commander Potak’s ashore tours include: Operations Officer, Surface Division TWO ONE from July 2018 to February 2019; Operations Officer, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron TWO from January 2017 to July 2018; and as a Medical Recruiting Officer for Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville from August 2011 to February 2013.   
 
Commander Potak is a Surface Warfare qualified naval officer. 
 
Commander Potak is married to the former Christina Sharkey. They have three boys; Stephen, Dana Jr., and John; and one daughter, Jordyn. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other unit and personal awards.Type the text here

CMDCS Christopher swinney, command senior chief

Command Senior Chief Christopher Swinney is the NSA Mechanicsburg/NSA Philadelphia command senior enlisted leader – the first sailor appointed to this newly created position.  He began his tour April 30, 2021. Swinney enlisted in the United States Navy in September 2002.  Upon completion of boot camp, he attended Hospital Corps “A” school in Great Lakes, Illinois.  Following graduation, he reported to Great Lakes Naval Hospital with follow-on orders to Field Medical Service School (FMSS) Camp Lejeune. 
 
Upon graduation from FMSS, Swinney reported to Naval Hospital Jacksonville in October 2003 where he worked in the Maternal Infant Unit.  His next assignment was to Al Qaim, Iraq, in 2005 followed by a 2007 tour in Fallujah, Iraq, with the 2nd Medical Battalion.   
 
His next assignment was at Naval Branch Health Clinic Saratoga Springs, where he was selected for Surface Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) “C” school in San Diego. His first tour as an IDC was onboard USS AVENGER (MCM-1) in Sasebo, Japan in 2011.  After his tour in Japan, Swinney transferred back to the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment where he was selected for Chief Petty Officer.  Upon completion of his tour with Marine Security Forces, he transferred to Singapore as the Staff Medical Advisor for Commander, Task Force 73 where he was selected for Senior Chief Petty Officer. In November 2020, he reported for pre-commissioning duty onboard USS FORT LAUDERDALE (LPD-28) where he was selected to the Command Senior Chief program. 
 
Senior Chief Swinney is a graduate of the Executive Medical Department Enlisted Course, the Senior Enlisted Academy and the Command Master Chief/COB course (225).  He has an Associate Degree in Health Care Management. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), Good Conduct Medal (6), and numerous unit, campaign, and service awards.
 

 
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