On Friday April 1, 2011, Hillary Clinton's daily calendar as secretary of state shows that she, Bill and Chelsea Clinton and close aides Doug Band and Huma Abedin boarded a private G-V aircraft at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for a six-hour flight to San Diego.
Also on board were Bill Clinton aide Justin Cooper and Hillary Clinton's mother, Dorothy Rodham. They were headed to an unusual event: the U.S. Navy retirement ceremony for their chef, chief culinary specialist Oscar Flores of the U.S. Navy Reserve, who was ending 22 years in the Navy. Flores was also employed as the director of operations at the Clintons' home in Chappaqua, New York, at the time. The event took place aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island.
According to a U.S. Navy press release, both Clintons had developed a personal bond with Flores over the years — with Bill Clinton joking that the family dog liked Flores better. According to the press release, Bill Clinton said Flores became like a member of the family through his "devotion and steadfast service," including duties ranging from decorating the Christmas tree, preserving family heirlooms during a flood and taking care of the former president during his quadruple bypass surgery.