By Lt. j.g. Elizabeth Feaster, CNATRA Public Affairs Officer
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Mr. William “Stu” Nagel, a Great Mills High School graduate and Piney Point, Maryland, native recently received the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Staff Civilian of the Quarter Award.
Nagel is a decorated Navy Veteran and has received numerous awards and accolades as a Government Service employee. He was selected as the CNATRA Civilian of the Quarter for his various personal and professional contributions to the naval aviation training enterprise.
Nagel began his journey with the United States Navy in April 1983. After completion of Navy Basic Training at Recruit Training Command in Orlando, Florida, he attended and graduated from Personnelman Class “A” School, located at Naval Technical Training Center Meridian, Mississippi, in September 1983. Chief Personnel Specialist Nagel completed his 20 plus years of Navy service in September 2003.
During his Navy career he was assigned to: USS SOUTH CAROLNA (CGN-37); Personnel Support Detachment, Patuxent River, Maryland; FIGHTER SQUADRON ONE ZERO TWO at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Virginia (where he participated in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom); Naval Air Systems Command/Naval Aviation Maintenance Office (AIR 3.0), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland; USS SCOUT (MCM-8) at Naval Station Ingleside Texas; and a final tour at Personnel Support Detachment Corpus Christi, Texas.
After a challenging few years in the civilian sector working as a sales representative and service advisor at a local automobile dealership, Mr. Nagel returned to continue his service to the Navy in July 2005 as a contractor at Training Air Wing (TRAWING) FOUR as Project Manager for the Admin Support Services Contract.
In June of 2008, he was sworn into service as a DOD Career Civil Service (GS) employee and eventually was detailed to take over a critical position at CTW4 as the first GS Student Control Officer.
In July 2016, Mr. Nagel was selected to fill the vacant Student Control Officer position (STUCON) on CNATRA Staff. As the CNATRA STUCON Officer, he is tasked with oversight of student control operations at five TRAWINGs and 17 Squadrons.
Mr. Nagel’s in-depth knowledge of the Training and Administration Manual and his technical prowess were instrumental in the complete re-write of the TA Manual. He is a major inspector for the recurring Training and Standardization Inspections of the TRAWINGS.
He provides frequent reports to Navy and Marine Corps fleet squadrons regarding training history for pilots and Naval Flight Officers (NFO) involved in mishaps or experiencing flying difficulties. Additionally, he is the coordinator for the CNATRA annual Aviation Training Awards board conducted in March of each year.
Mr. Nagel is married to Jocelyn Adams of Poplarville, Mississippi. Together they have four children, four dogs, and many tropical fish. They all reside in Portland, Texas.