Memorial service honors life of JBPHH Sailor

Seaman Recruit Peter Acosta holds the flag of Old Glory in front of a portrait of the late Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Mandy Pante Francisco during the memorial service.

Story and photo by MC2 Somers Steelman

Navy Public Affairs Support Element Detachment Hawaii

A memorial service was held Aug. 5 at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel honoring and celebrating the life of Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Mandy Pante Francisco who passed away on July 23.

Francisco was born on Nov. 18, 1974, in Pamplona, Camarines Sur, Philippines, the sixth child of Rene and Carmelita Francisco.

On February 22, 1999; he left for Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.

After he graduated basic training, he reported to Mess Specialist “A” school in Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Francisco’s first sea tour was attached to the USS Anchorage (LSD-36) in San Diego, from July 1999 to May 2003.

While onboard, he completed three deployments to the Arabian Gulf, one of which was in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, two deployments to the western Pacific, and one Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training cruise (CARAT). It was during this time he earned his enlisted surface warfare specialist pin.

After his time on the USS Anchorage, he reported to Naval Station Ingleside, Texas for shore duty, running the Master Miner’s Inn Bachelor House and the General Mess.

From 2006 to 2010, he would return to shore duty, assigned to the USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) in Sasebo, Japan, where he completed two Cobra Gold exercises, two CARAT cruises, two Balikatan cruises, and provided humanitarian aid. It was onboard LSD-49 where Francisco was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

After LSD-49 Francisco had his second shore tour as the Food Service Officer at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan Far East Café, providing logistic support to CVW-5, HSL-51 tenant commands, and others assigned to the western Pacific.

Francisco completed his final sea tour assigned to the USS Antietam (CG-54) in Yokosuka, Japan from August 2013 to June 2016. As Leading Chief Petty Officer, he earned the 2016 Captain Edward F. Ney award for Food Service Excellence, two consecutive Battle “E” awards and was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer.

He reported to Pearl Harbor Navy Brig on July 25, 2016.

Francisco passed away the morning of July 23, 2017. He was surrounded by his wife and children.

“He was a truly remarkable man, a charismatic leader, and a loving husband and father,” said Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Dario Paningbatan, of NAVSUP Fleet Logistic Center in Pearl Harbor. “Mandy has touched many people in his life with his generosity, compassion and sense of humor. He served honorably, and I will always remember him as a man of strong convictions, who put the needs of his family, and crew above all else, and would always go above and beyond for family and friends.”

The impact that Francisco had was apparent at his service, as Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers and Marines joined his family and friends to celebrate his life.

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