Navy Region's Top Enlisted Sailor Dead at Age 50

Command Master Chief Gregg L. Snaza (U.S. Navy photo)
Command Master Chief Gregg L. Snaza (U.S. Navy photo)

An Aberdeen native who was the top enlisted sailor at Navy Region Mid-Atlantic died this week, the U.S. Navy confirmed.

Command Master Chief Gregg L. Snaza graduated from Roncalli High School in 1983. He took his most recent post in June, according to the Naval Times.

Master chief is the highest rate a person who enlists in the Navy can attain.

The Navy's Mid-Atlantic region includes 20 states, 17 installations and 50 naval support centers, according to Navy.

A naval biography confirmed that Snaza was from Aberdeen. According to the naval newspaper, Snaza died suddenly Monday night at his home in Portsmouth, Va. Further details were not available. He served more than 30 years in the Navy.

Snaza wanted to be a journalist after graduating high school and was encouraged to sign up as a naval journalist by a recruiter, according to a past American News story.

His career took him many places, including Cuba, Hong Kong and the Persian Gulf, according to a past American News account. He was also stationed in Newfoundland, Canada, where he worked with the Navy Armed Forces Radio and Television Network.

Snaza is survived by his wife, two daughters, his parents and a grandson, according the Naval Times. His parents no longer live in Aberdeen.

--Managing editor Scott Waltman contributed to this report.

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