Pappas, William, CAPT

Limited Duty Officer
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Captain
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
PN-0000-Personnelman
Service Years
1968 - 2006
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Captain
Captain

 Official Badges 

Allied Command Atlantic Joint Forces Command US Pacific Command Commander in Chief Pacific CINCPAC

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Chief Petty Officer of the Command Career Counselor US Navy Retired 30




 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Shellback Navy Chief Initiated

Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club LDO/CWO

Cold War Veteran Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary Navy Officer Honorable Discharge




 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
Command Ashore

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1968, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 5781
 Duty Stations
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)
PSA WestCOMTHIRDFLTNaval Station (NAVSTA), Pearl Harbor, HIUS Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)HQ SACT (Formerly SACLANT)USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)PSA Atlantic/PSA Norfolk
PSA JacksonvilleNavy Personnel Command (NAVPERSCOM - NPC)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR/COTF)
  1968-1968, 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, PSA West/PSD Lemoore
  1984-1987, 641X, COMTHIRDFLT
  1987-1988, 641X, Naval Station (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 Atlantic/PSA Norfolk
  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 Defense of Saudi Arabia Campaign/Operation Desert Shield
  1992-2003 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
 Reflections on Service
William
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 were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
Was there a particular incident during your service when you believed you were in a situation you might not survive? Please describe what happened and what was the outcome.
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals, awards, formal presentations or qualification badges for significant achievement or valor, please describe how these were earned.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are 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?
Please recount the names of friends you served with, at which location, and what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
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?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
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 TogetherWeServed.com 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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