Deckplate Gear is proudly owned and operated by Navy veterans who have contributed to naval superiority by demonstrating a traditional leadership style that has been passed down for over a century. Commonly referred to as
deckplate leaders, these sailors set the tone, ensure mission readiness, and elevate their team above themselves.
We created Deckplate Gear to honor the highest traditions of naval service, the sailors that make up the ranks, and the leadership style in which they operate. Deckplate Gear is your one-stop-shop for unique apparel, gifts, and Navy gear. Proudly designed and produced by U.S. Navy Chiefs and Veterans, right here in the USA.
LSC (SW/AW/SCW) Jason Rhoades
Chief Petty Officer Jason Rhoades was born in San Bernardino, California. He joined the United States Navy in 1997 and attended basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois.then reported to Postal Clerk A school in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. January 1998, he reported to his first duty station, Diego Garcia. A challenging duty station to say the least. A remote island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The island had a total of 3,500 people. With ample time to learn how to be a Postal Clerk PCSN advanced to PC3 and became a well versed in his rating. In February 1999 he reported to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 located in Port Hueneme, CA. While station with NMCB 4 He deployed 4 times, twice to Okinawa, Japan once to Spain and once to Puerto Rico. Being able to travel and intermingle in different cultures was always something he wanted to do. While serving with the Seabees in NMCB 4 he earned his Seabee Combat Warfare (SCW) qualification. He also was the Custodian Of Postal Effects. In January 2002 he transferred to Naval Dental Center Southwest. Upon reporting he advanced to Postal Clerk Second Class. While at NDCSW he served as the legal clerk and Command Career Counselor. In addition he deployed on the USNS Mercy. January 2005, he reported to the USS Tarawa (LHA 1) where he obtained his surface (SW) and air (AW) qualifications. He served as the Leading Petty officer for the Post Office. He deployed in two western pacific deployments traveling to many countries and being able to experience different cultures. January 2008 he reported to Navy Recruiting District San Diego and worked out of his hometown at Navy Recruiting Station San Bernardino where he recruited some of today's finest sailors. He also served as the recruiter in charge (RINC) and the Zone Supervisor. While recruiting he was meritoriously promoted to Postal Clerk First Class. In January 2011 He reported to the USS Princeton where he served as the Leading Petty Officer for S1 and was awarded Sailor of the year honors. He was selected for Chief Petty Officer in 2012 and served as Leading Chief Petty Officer for Supply Department. In January 2014 he attended Navy Drug and Alcohol (NDAC's) school changing his life forever. He then was station at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Working in the drug and alcohol residential program he worked with DOD members struggling with addiction and continued to learn to "understand before being understood"He watched brave individuals face problems and change their life for the better. He also served as the Facilities Leading Chief Petty Officer. (Ask him about that some sea stories there). While stationed at Balboa he earned his certification as ADC-1. In August 2017 he reported to Naval Hospital Camp Pendelton where he continued to work as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. He also serves as the Leading Chief Petty Officer for Mental health. Chief Jason Rhoades is Married to the love of his life Raquel and they have three amazing Children: Arian (24), Leila (19) and Josue (17). He is the co-owner of Deckplate Gear - Official Navy Gear.
ABEC (AW/SW) Ret. Michele Adair
Chief Petty Officer Adair was born in Fresno, California. She joined the United States Navy in 1997 and attended basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois.then reported to hydraulics A school in Pensacola, Florida. Nov 1997, she reported to her first duty station, the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk (CV 63) operating out of Yokosuka, Japan, where she became the Navy's very first female Arresting Gear Top Side Petty Officer, obtained her Air Warfare, and promoted several times to the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. The day before the September 11th attacks in 2001, she reported to NAS Bahrain, where she served in the military law enforcement field and was selected to be a Field Training Officer. Oct 2002, she reported to NAF El Centro, where she served as a Watch Commander and a Duty Armorer. Oct 2004, she reported to the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) where she obtained her Surface Warfare, served as the Arresting Gear Leading Petty Officer and was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Oct 2009, she went to NDACS, the Navy's Drug and Alcohol Counseling School. Dec 2009, she reported to Naval Medical Center San Diego, where she served as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, SARP Leading Chief Petty Officer, and the Directorate for Mental Health Senior Enlisted Leader. Jan 2013, she reported to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, were she served as the Departmental Leading Chief Petty Officer, a SARP Counselor, and then came her greatest achievement of giving birth to Isabella Adair. Feb 2005, she reported to Naval Medical Center San Diego, where she served SARP Leading Chief Petty Officer and a SARP Counselor. She retired after 23 years in the Navy in 2020 and is currently studying towards a BA in Advertising at Academy of Art University of San Francisco. She is the co-owner of Deckplate Gear - Official Navy Gear.