Troy native selected for a top Navy position in Bethesda

Published 7:06 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Troy native has been named the newest Senior Enlisted Leader at Naval Support Activity Bethesda – home of the Walter Reed Medical Center.

Chief Master-at-Arms Marty McQuagge enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1995 and has been stationed at various commands in his 17-year-career, including locations in Japan, Italy and Montgomery.

McQuagge had only been stationed in Bethesda since August and said he was not expecting to be recognized with the SEL title, but he is grateful – and busy.

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“I am the coordinating chair for 27 programs,” McQuagge said. “You name it, my hand is pretty much in everything.”

McQuagge works with family advocacy, sexual assault prevention, the Navy Exchange Advisory Board, an ombudsman program, and many others.

McQuagge’s position as the commanding officer’s advisor on enlisted issues is usually held by a sailor designated as a Master Chief, so the appointment is significant.

“I consider myself extremely blessed that the commanding officer and the senior leadership of the command has given me the opportunity to serve the enlisted Sailors,” McQuagge said.

And, McQuagge isn’t the only military service member in the family. His brother, Benjamin, is a dog handler in the U.S. Air Force stationed in South Dakota.

McQuagge made the move to Bethesda with his wife, Yasuko, and his three sons, Nolan, 12, Marshall, 9, and Mason, 5.

McQuagge’s mother, Barbara, lives in Pike County and owns the BBQ House on U.S. Highway 231.