By Paige Gnann
Naval Station Mayport announced retired Chief Master-at-Arms Marc Delle as the winner of the 75th anniversary logo contest on July 28.
His design was chosen from over 25 submissions fom the competition that is the first in a series of events and competitions leading up to the 75th anniversary of Naval Station Mayport's commissioning on Dec. 7, 1942.
A history of the naval station, courtesy of the Beaches Historical Society, that features a timeline of Mayport from its beginnings up to present day is on display at the Mayport Navy Exchange. The Mayport NEX will also begin selling merchandise featuring Delle's logo in the next few weeks.
Delle based his design on the naval station's original logo drawn by Mayport Sailor and cartoonist Dick Oyer, who's World War II eagle designed for the antisubmarine units of the naval naval station.
Delle, a native of Lincoln, Maine, served in the U.S. Navy Reserves for 25 years. His day job for the past 37 years, however, is with Disney. His creative partner, Vince Peterson, helped his with the final artwork of his submission.
Starting with Disney when he was 18, he began working in the Imagineering Department while the company was building Tokyo Disneyland and Epcot Center. Delle worked in the mold and model making and figure finishing shop, painting and finishing the animatronic figures for the parks.
He also spent time in Singapore and Tokyo working in merchandising and art development before coming back to Orlando and Imagineering as their principal sculptor.
He entered the Navy Reserves in 1990 as a Pattern Maker - a rate that would eventually merge with Hull Technicians - at SIMA Mayport (now a part of SERMC).
Delle said as he travelled with his job for Disney he was able to continue with his Reserve drilling. He also changed his rate during that time - first a Storekeeper, then to Master-at-Arms after coming back to the States - and Naval Station Mayport.
He was mobilized and deployed five times, three with the Seabees then twice with the Naval Security Force working with embark security missions to protect Military Sealift Command ships while in the Mediterranean.
"I had my creative job with Disney and I was also doing my Security with the Navy. You can't get two different fields," he said. "Alot of people think because you are a master-at-arms in the Navy, you would be law enforcement or work in the prison system. They would always ask me, 'what precinct are you from? Are you working at the police station in Orlando? Are you a Sheriff?' And I'm going, 'No I'm an artist with Disney.'"
Delle said he decided to come into the military for the challenge of the job and because of the legacy he continued from his father's service.
He eventually retired from the Reserves as the NCOIC for NSF Mayport.