Turners Falls native promoted to chief petty officer


For the Recorder
Published: 11/13/2019 5:55:15 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Kyle A. Demers, son of Rusty and Jo-Ann Demers of Turners Falls, was promoted to chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy on Sept. 13.

Demers graduated from Turners Falls High School in 2001 and enlisted in the Navy in February 2003. He completed schooling in Pensacola, Fla., in August 2003, and reported for duty in Norfolk, Va., to serve on the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as an aviation support equipment technician.

USS Ronald Reagan left on its maiden deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, returning July 2006. During that time, Demers was made production control chief.

Demers was then deployed to Bahrain and Afghanistan, and assigned to an Air Force/Marine base for 15 months. Upon returning to San Diego, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his superb performance, dedication and outstanding leadership.

While serving aboard the USS Makin Island from November 2011 to November 2015, Demers was moved to the rank of petty officer first class. He also became aviation warfare and surface warfare qualified.

Since January 2017, Demers has served aboard the USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that has been deployed to the South China Sea and Vietnam, as well as part of international Maritime exercises off the coast of California and Hawaii.

Demers’ family — his wife, Cecy, stepdaughter, Sydney, and daughters, Emma and Zoey — make their home in San Diego.

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