|CDR William A. Perkins
Commanding Officer (November 2011 - December 2012)
Commander William A. Perkins is a native of South Windsor, CT. He graduated from Maine Maritime Academy and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program in April 1994. He reported for aviation training in April 1995 and earned his wings in July 1996.
In July 1996, Commander Perkins reported to Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) at for initial training in the P-3C Orion. In January 1997, he reported to Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4). During this tour he earned his initial qualifications as a Patrol Plane Instructor Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander, completing two deployments in support of US FIFTH FLEET operations. VP-4’s back to back deployments to the US FIFTH Fleet supported of OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH and DESERT FOX, earned the command two unit citations, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and three Battle “E” Awards.
In May 2000, Commander Perkins reported to Tactical Support Center, Sigonella, Italy. While assigned, he earned qualification as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor through the Orion Weapons/Tactics Instructor (WTI) course in May 2001. Additional duties included combat operations over Kosovo and off the African coast and preparing the groundwork for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions in Iraq from bases in the Mediterranean in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. During this tour, he was awarded the coveted Copernicus Award for advances in C4I mission areas.
Commander Perkins next reported to USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV-67) as Operations Administration Officer. During this tour, he earned qualification as Officer of the Deck and Command Duty Officer. As the senior OOD and Navigation Training Team Leader during Kennedy’s final combat deployment in 2004 supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, he was selected as CV-67 Ship Handler of the Year.
In September 2005, Commander Perkins reported back to VP-4 for his department head tour. He completed a deployment serving as squadron Operations Officer, supporting Joint Special Operations Task Force, South and US SEVENTH FLEET theatre ISR and Anti-Submarine Warfare missions.
Commander Perkins reported to US Strategic Command’s Joint Task Force Global Network Operations in November 2007. Initially he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff. He finished this tour as Chief of Plans and Strategy and was selected as the Field Grade Officer of the Year for 2008.
Commander Perkins’ personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and various unit awards and campaign medals.