Rita Evans, Retired Navy – Member
NCC Rita Evans. Served in the US Navy from March 1995 to Dec 2019.
Chief Rita M. Evans reported to Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes, IL in March 1995 where she was meritoriously promoted to E-2 and began her career as an Airman.
Her first assignment was with AIMD 700 Division, NAS Lemoore, CA, where she worked as an Aviation Ordnanceman for two years. She then transferred to VFA-22 (F/A-18s), NAS Lemoore, CA. She became a Plane Captain in 1997, then as a designated striker, became an Aviation Storekeeper (AK) in 1998. She deployed with her squadron onboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), was promoted to Third Class Petty Officer while underway, completed a deployment to the Persian Gulf (WESTPAC) and separated from the US Navy in July 1999.
After being separated for three years, she enlisted in the US Navy Reserves in Sept 2002 as an AK3, assigned to SMAT 105 Navy Reserve Center Orlando, FL. She was recalled to active duty in May 2003 as a Navy Reserve Recruiter with Naval Reserve Recruiting Command Area Southeast until Oct 2004. With Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville, she served as an enlisted active duty recruiter at Navy Recruiting Station Melbourne, a Recruiter-In-Charge at NRS East Orlando where she earned Meritorious Advancement to First Class Petty Officer, then converted to Career Recruiting Force (CRF), becoming a Navy Counselor First Class Petty Officer in Aug 2008. She was Zone Six Supervisor, earning her Zone Supervisor qualification in Feb 2009 and served as Command Trainer until June 2009.
She graduated from the CRF Academy and began her DIvisional Leading Petty Officer tour at NRD Atlanta. She was selected to Chief Petty Officer in 2010 and completed her 43-month Divisional Leading Chief Petty Officer (DLCPO) tour in April 2013. As Staff Duty, she was assigned to NRC-IG. She was an Interviewer and the Assistant Director of the Recruit Quality Assurance Team onboard RTC Great Lakes, IL until March 2016. She then reported to NRD Jacksonville where she first served as the General Officer Recruiting DLCPO and then became the first Recruiting Tactics Instructor.
Chief Evans is a graduate of the US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, she earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Strayer University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix. She has been awarded a Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (seven awards) and various other awards. She received the CMC Leadership award in fall 2011 at NRD Atlanta.
Chief Rita Evans retired on Dec 31, 2019.
In June 2020, she started her own business as a Kona Ice franchise owner.
Rita and her husband have seven children and three grandchildren.