- FTCS(SS) W.D. Williams
Chief of the Boat
FTCS(SS) William D. Williams was born in Marion, Indiana and graduated from Marion High School in 1995. Following graduation he enlisted in the Navy in August 1995, completed Basic Recruit Training at RTC Great Lakes, Illinois followed by a brief assignment at Navy Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC) in Orlando, Fla. He then reported to Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, Conn. and then to follow-on Fire Control Technician “A” and “C” schools.
William’s first assignment was USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN 686) from August 1997 to December 2000, while assigned the L. Mendel Rivers completed a Mediterranean/ CENTCOM deployment and an 88-day ICEX prior to the boat’s homeport shift to Bremerton, Wash. for decommissioning.
In January 2001, Williams reported to Naval Submarine School serving as Responsive Training and Tactics Lead Instructor. He was advanced to the rank of chief petty officer in September 2003. He subsequently transferred in October 2003 and reported for duty to USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) homeported in Groton for assignment as Fire Control Division LCPO. During this tour, Pittsburgh completed a Nuclear Weapons Acceptance Inspection and Regeneration, a SOUTHCOM deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism, change of homeport to Portsmouth, N.H. for a 22-month engineered overhaul and then the boat returned to Groton. During this time, Pittsburgh earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation and Williams was advanced to his current rank of senior chief petty officer in April 2007.
In September 2008, FTCS(SS) Williams reported to USS Missouri (SSN 780) as the Combat Systems Department Enlisted Advisor. During his tour, Missouri was commissioned and completed initial sea trials seven months ahead of schedule. Missouri earned the white tactical “T” a first for a post pre-commissioning unit in submarine force history, after the most successful Weapons System Acceptance Testing in recent memory.
Senior Chief Williams reported for duty as Chief of the Boat USS Dallas (SSN 700) homeported in Groton in June 2012. He proudly wears the Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), the Navy Good Conduct Medal (5 awards) and various other unit and campaign awards.