CMDCM(SW/AW) William P. Houlihan
Command Master Chief

CMDCM(SW/AW) Bill Houlihan is a native of Saginaw, Michigan and graduated from Saginaw’s Arthur Hill High School in 1987.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1989. After graduating from Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill. he attended Basic Journalism A School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.

He reported to the Far East Network Subic Bay Philippines in August 1990 and covered the eruption of Mount Pinatubo and the eventual withdrawal of US forces from the country after a century-long presence there.

In August 1992, Houlihan reported to Naval Air Station Adak, Alaska where he served as News Director at the Navy Broadcasting Detachment. While assigned, he was named Chief of Information Worldwide Sailor of the Year and also provided the opportunity to attend the University of Oklahoma Short Course in Communication in Norman, OK.

While in Adak, JO3 Houlihan was advanced to JO2 prior to transferring to USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) in San Diego. While onboard KITTY HAWK, he earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Qualification and was promoted to First Class Petty Officer. He departed KITTY HAWK in 1996 and transferred to the Defense Information School as a Broadcast Journalism instructor.

Houlihan was selected for Chief Petty Officer in 1999 and was initiated by the Fort Meade CPO Mess. Soon after he transferred to Pre-commissioning Unit IWO JIMA and helped commission the ship in 2000. Chief Houlihan deployed aboard USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) twice and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Qualification before transferring to Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN.

In April 2005, Houlihan went on an Individual Augmentee assignment to Baghdad, Iraq where he served for seven months as news director for the Armed Forces Network detachment there. He was selected for Senior Chief during that tour.

Senior Chief Houlihan left Millington in 2006 and transferred to Washington, DC where he served as public affairs chief for MCPONs Campa and West until 2010.

After leaving DC, Houlihan transferred to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) where he deployed three times in two years and earned selection to Master Chief. He was selected for the Command Master Chief program in February 2013 and reported to USS MILIUS (DDG 69) that May. He is a 2006 graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (class 127) and a 2013 graduate of the Command Leadership School.
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