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Master Chief Jay Loose
A native of Somers Point, New Jersey, Master Chief Musician Jay Loose graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania in 1995, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Business Management in addition to studying trumpet. He enlisted in the Navy in January 1997 and attended recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois and the Basic Music Course at the Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon graduation he was assigned to Navy Band Great Lakes where he performed with the band throughout the Midwest.
In 2002 he transferred to recruiting duty at Navy Recruiting District Chicago, where he served as an enlisted recruiter in Southeastern Wisconsin and as the district's Navy ROTC recruiter. During this tour Master Chief Loose completed a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University
and was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.
In 2005 Master Chief Loose attended the Unit Leader Course at the School of Music. Upon graduation, he reported to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, a tour highlighted by a four-month deployment with the band aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) supporting Pacific Partnership, a humanitarian
mission to nations in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
In 2009, Master Chief Loose returned to the School of Music for the Senior Musician Course, Navy Music's capstone course for senior enlisted leaders. After graduation, he served follow-on assignments at U.S. Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, Virginia and Navy Band Northeast in Newport, Rhode Island. From
January 2011 through July 2014 he served as Training Manager for the Musician rating at the Center for Service Support, Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned his Master Training Specialist designation and was selected for advancement to Master Chief Petty Officer. In July 2014 he reported once again to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band for assignment as Assistant Director and Senior Enlisted Leader. In August 2017 he reported to his current assignment as Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band in Naples, Italy.
Master Chief Loose is a graduate of the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 163 and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course, Class 131. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and other unit and personal awards.
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