Pappas, William, CAPT

Limited Duty Officer
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Primary NEC
641X-Limited Duty Officer - Administration
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Limited Duty Officer
Primary Unit
2005-2006, 641X, Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR/COTF)
Previously Held NEC
SA-0000-Seaman Apprentice
Service Years
1968 - 2006
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 Official Badges 

US Pacific Command Joint Forces Command Allied Command Atlantic Chief Petty Officer of the Command

Career Counselor Commander in Chief Pacific CINCPAC Supreme Allied Commander Transformation US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Navy Chief Initiated Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993

Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club LDO/CWO Vietnam 50th Anniversary

Navy Officer Honorable Discharge Blue Water Navy

 Military Association Memberships
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)Navy Mustang AssociationVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Navy TWS Advisory Group (NTAG)
Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, VA
  1987, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1988, Navy Mustang Association [Verified]
  1998, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Navy TWS Advisory Group (NTAG)
  2018, Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, VA [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

After a very fulfilling 38-year Navy career, I completed a second career in the government. Now retired, I'm doing some of the other important things in life!
Other Comments:
A New Jersey native, after high school in 1968, I immediately enlisted in the United States Navy. Following basic training at RTC, Great Lakes, I was first assigned to USS ISLE ROYALE (AD 29) followed by the USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 32) -- both home ported in Long Beach, CA. After a Viet Nam deployment, in May 1971 I was assigned to the A-6 Intruder training squadron, Attack Squadron Forty Two, at NAS Oceana, VA.

In August 1975, I reported aboard USS BORDELON (DD 881) as the Ship's Admin/Personnel petty officer in charge.  After an at-sea collision with the USUAL John F. Kennedy resulting in BORDELON's decommissioning, I completed my sea rotation aboard USS SIMON LAKE (AS 33), also home ported in Charleston, SC where I was selected for Chief Petty Officer. In 1978 I was assigned to NAS, Brunswick, ME as the Asst Personnel Officer.  During my enlisted career, I advanced to Senior Chief Personnelman, crossed the Equator, made several WestPac and Med deployments, and was one of the first Sailors to earn the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) designation.

After submitting three applications for a direct commission, I was selected as an Admin Limited Duty Officer (LDO) and commissioned as a new ensign, in 1980. I was immediately assigned as Ship's Secretary aboard USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20) home ported in Norfolk, VA.  In 1982, I returned to the West Coast as OIC of PSD Lemoore, CA.  From 1984 to 1992 I served several tours in Pearl Harbor, HI -- first as Executive Officer Flag Allowance, Commander THIRD Fleet on Ford Island and embarked in USS CORONADO (AGF 11); then as the Admin Officer, Commander, U.S. Pacific Airborne Command Post (ABNCP), Hickam AFB; and as the Executive Officer/Commanding Officer and Flag Secretary, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.  It was during my three tours in Hawaii that I was selected for the College Degree Program (CDP) and earned my bachelors degree in Business Administration in 1988 from Chaminade University of Honolulu.

In 1992 I returned to the East Coast and was assigned as the Director of Administration in the NATO Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic, Norfolk, VA.  In 1996 I traveled cross-country again, this time as a geo-bachelor to Bremerton/Everett, WA aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) as the Admin Officer.  In 1998, I returned to Norfolk and was assigned as Executive Officer, Personnel Support Activity Norfolk, VA. In 2000, I received a command assignment as Commanding Officer, Personnel Support Activity, Jacksonville, FL. In 2002, I was reassigned to the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN as Director, Field Support Division (Pers-33/673).  In May 2004, I returned to Norfolk as the Chief of Staff, Task Force Warrior (Sea Warrior project).  In February 2005, I reported to my last Navy assignment as Assistant Chief of Staff of Administration/Resources and Commanding Officer Staff, at Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force in Norfolk, VA. After a fulfilling, 38-year Navy career, I retired from the Navy in 2006 and immediately began working as a consultant/senior analyst for a government contractor, C.A.C.I. where I accomplished a myriad of management projects.  

In January 2012, I began the latest chapter in my career in the civil service as the Director Global Operations at the Navy Pay and Personnel Support Center, in Norfolk, VA in support of the 60 Personnel Support Detachments (PSDs) world-wide.  

In February 2017, I retired from government service and beginning to write the newest chapter in my life.

A proud father of three wonderful children and a grandpa to seven adorable grand children, my wife and I currently reside in Northeast Florida.  Life is Good!
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Surface Warfare Enlisted Badge
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1968, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 5781
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)USS Isle Royale (AD-29)USS John Paul Jones (DDG-32)VA-42 Green Pawns
USS Bordelon (DD-881)USS Simon Lake (AS-33)NAS BrunswickUSS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)HQ SACT (Formerly SACLANT)USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)PSA Norfolk, PSA Atlantic
PSA JacksonvilleNavy Personnel Command (NAVPERSCOM - NPC)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR/COTF)
  1968-1968, HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1968-1969, SA-0000, USS Isle Royale (AD-29)
  1969-1971, PN-0000, USS John Paul Jones (DDG-32)
  1971-1974, PN-0000, VA-42 Green Pawns
  1974-1976, PN-0000, USS Bordelon (DD-881)
  1976-1978, PN-0000, USS Simon Lake (AS-33)
  1978-1980, PN-0000, NAS Brunswick
  1980-1982, 641X, USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)
  1982-1984, 641X, PSD Lemoore, PSA West
  1984-1987, 641X, COMTHIRDFLT
  1987-1988, 641X, NAVSTA Pearl Harbor, HI
  1988-1990, 641X, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1990-1992, 641X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1992-1996, 641X, HQ SACT (Formerly SACLANT)
  1996-1998, 641X, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
  1998-2000, 641X, PSA Norfolk, PSA Atlantic
  2000-2002, 641X, PSA Jacksonville
  2002-2004, 641X, Navy Personnel Command (NAVPERSCOM - NPC)
  2004-2005, 641X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  2005-2006, 641X, Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR/COTF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1973 Vietnam War
  1990-1991 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia Campaign/Operation Desert Shield
  1992-2003 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii
  1986-1988, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii
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