ETC Michael Willison, USN
NCTS Far East Det. Diego Garcia
Senior Enlisted Leader
After graduating from Myer’s Park high School in Charlotte, North Corolina, Chief Willison spent one year at North Carolina State University and the following four years in various retail management positions. In May of 1993 he enlisted in the United States Navy.
Chief Petty Officer Willison finished Basic Training, Nuclear Field “ET” A-School, and Nuclear Power School at Orlando Florida between May of 1993 and October of 1994. In November 1994 he reported to NPTU Charleston, South Carolina, for prototype training. Chief Willison qualified Reactor Operator in April of 1995 and left Charleston the following month.
In June 1995 Chief Petty Officer Willison reported to Reactor Controls Division on the USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734) Blue Crew. He completed eight Nuclear Deterrent Patrols as a Reactor Operator and Shutdown Reactor Operator. In February of 2000 he left the Tennessee and reported to the USS TUCSON (SSN 770) as the Leading Petty Officer of Reactor Controls Division. He completed qualifications for Engineering Watch Supervisor and Engineering Duty Petty Officer and two WESTPAC deployments.
Chief Petty Officer Willison reported to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in January 2003 as the Dual Media Discharge Ship Superintendant where he advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in September 2003. He supervised the safe completion of six dual media discharges on various nuclear submarines while at the Shipyard.
October of 2005 Chief Willison reported to the USS COLUMBUS (SSN 762) as the Leading Chief Petty Officer of Reactor Controls Division. He was on board for three months before transferring to NSSC Bangor, WA until reassigned to the USS CHEYENNE (SSN 773). His time on the CHEYENNE was also short due to illness. December of 2006 Chief Willison was transferred back to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on Limited Duty Orders. Chief Willison was medically disqualified from Nuclear Power and Submarines and was subsequently detailed as a surface Electronics Technician.
In December of 2008 Chief Willison Reported to ECRC FWD Iraq for a GSA assignment to Taji, Iraq. In Taji he performed detainee operation duties as Chief of the Guard. He directly supervised Sailors and Soldiers training Iraqi Corrections Officers for the turnover of the internment facility to the Iraqi government. He was personally responsible for the care, custody and control of over 400 of Iraq’s most hardened detainees.
In December 2009 Chief Willison reported to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Far East Detachment Diego Garcia. He performs the duties of Senior Enlisted Leader and Antenna Maintenance Department Head. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal with four gold stars and various unit and campaign awards.