From the Commanding Officer, USS NEBRASKA (SSBN 739) BLUE Retirement Ceremony to Honor MMCS(SS) Scott L. Jaklin's 20 years of Naval Service on November 13, 1997:

 Following Recruit Training at Great Lakes, Illinois he reported to the Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut for initial submarine training.  In February of 1978 as a Fireman Recruit, he reported to his first submarine, USS SEAWOLF (SSN 575) in Vallejo, California.  During his six-year tour he qualified in submarines and served in the Engineering and Special Projects Departments.  By the end of his SEAWOLF assignment he had advanced to First Class Machinist’s Mate and was serving as the Special Projects Auxiliary Division Leading Petty Officer.

      In February of 1984 he reported to the Special Projects staff of SUBMARINE DEVELOPMENT GROUP ONE in San Diego, California.  His duties included the delivery, installation and testing of  highly sophisticated electronic equipment for USS PARCHE (SSN683), USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN687) and USS FINBACK (SSN670).  In  1986 while assigned temporary additional duty onboard FINBACK he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and participated in two unique research and development missions.

      Following nine years of sea duty, in April of 1987 he reported to his first shore duty station at the NAVAL DIVING AND SALVAGE TRAINING CENTER, Panama City, Florida.  There he served as the Hyperbaric Maintenance and Quality Assurance Division Leading Chief.  In April of 1989 he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer and reassigned as the Maintenance Shops Division Officer. 

      In August of 1990 he reported to the USS JAMES K. POLK (SSBN645) BLUE in Charleston, South Carolina as the Auxiliary Division Leading Chief.  After one strategic deterrent patrol from Holy Loch Scotland and several single crew operations from Charleston,  POLK changed her home port to Norfolk, Virginia in September of 1992.

       Late in October of 1993, Senior Chief Jaklin attended the SENIOR ENLISTED ACADEMY at Newport, Rhode Island.  He graduated in December 1993 with academic excellence honors and reported to SERVICE SCHOOL COMMAND, Great Lakes, Illinois.  There he served as a Special Assistant to the Commanding Officer for Quality of Life Programs until September of 1996.  During this assignment he completed the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Bachelor of Science Degree Program majoring in Work Force Education, Training and Development.  His college education also included a professional business internship with Snap-on Tools Corporation.

      In October of 1996 Senior Chief Jaklin reported to USS NEBRASKA (SSBN739) BLUE in Kings Bay, Georgia as the Maintenance and Material Management Coordinator.  Onboard NEBRASKA he participated in two strategic deterrent patrols with liberty port visits to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico and Souda Bay, Crete.

      Senior Chief Jaklin is entitled to wear the Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia, the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Battle “E” Ribbon (three awards), Good Conduct Medal (five awards), Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (four awards), Arctic Service Ribbon, and the Strategic Deterrent Patrol Pin (three patrols).

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