Senior Chief Petty Officer Brenda Horne, a native of Washington, Pennsylvania, enlisted in the United States Navy in 1989. After completion of recruit training at RTC Orlando, Florida, she proceeded to NATTC Millington, Tennessee where she graduated from Aviation Structural Mechanic (Hydraulics) “A” school.
In January 1990, she reported aboard VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. She served as P-3C Plane Handler and Airframes Technician, supporting Anti Submarine Warfare operations throughout the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. This tour included a deployment to Rota, Spain in support of Operation DESERT STORM and a dual site deployment to Keflavik, Iceland and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.
She then reported to VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in September 1993 where the squadron maintained
thirteen P-3C aircraft. She served as an Airframes Technician during an arduous re-alignment of the squadron, which decommissioned in December of 1993.
Upon reporting to HC-16 at Pensacola, Florida in December 1993, she served as a Plane Captain and Airframes Technician on three UH-3H and UH-1 helicopters in support of the Navy’s Search and Rescue Swimmer School and emergency Search and Rescue missions after Hurricanes Erin and Opel devastated the Gulf Coast.
In August of 1996, she reported to VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. She served as an Airframes Collateral Duty Inspector and Quality Assurance Representative on thirteen P-3C aircraft. During her tenure, she completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Panama and El Salvador. While serving at VP-16, she earned her first Navy Achievement Medal for her outstanding efforts as a Petty Officer Second Class Quality Assurance Representative.
In December 2001, Senior Horne began her tour as a Navy Recruiter when she reported to Enlisted Recruiter
Orientation in Pensacola, Florida. After completing her training, she was assigned to the Whitehall Recruiting Office south of downtown Pittsburgh in February of 2002. After five months she was promoted to Recruiter in Charge and together with her two fellow Recruiters processed 82 new sailors into Naval Service. During her tour, she and her team earned the Small Station of the Year and Admiral’s Accelerator Awards. She was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal and three Navy Achievement Medals for her outstanding efforts.
In April 2005, she reported to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois for duties as a Recruit Division Commander (RDC). During her tour as a RDC, she volunteered for an Individual Augmentee (IA) tour to Iraq. From September 2007 to September 2008, she served as Dispatch Control in Camp Bucca, Iraq where she earned both the Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals.
Reporting to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center San Diego, California in January 2010, she was assigned to Task Group Trident in Bagram, Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, she was LCPO of the intake and processing for detention of over 5000 suspected insurgents. For her superlative efforts under arduous conditions, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
In February 2011, she reported for duty as Air Operations LCPO in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. She oversaw the transit of over 300,000 troops and aircraft in and out of the region, earning a Navy Commendation Medal for her meticulous managerial skills.
Reporting to VXS-1 in March of 2012, she was assigned as the Maintenance Division LCPO. Upon her advancement to Senior Chief Petty Officer she accepted the position as Senior Enlisted Leader in March of 2013. Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Good Conduct (six awards), and various unit awards.