What are you doing now: I am retired from the U. S. Navy and retired from the University of Virginia.
We traveled full-time in an RV for three years after I retired from the Navy in 1979 and I worked many part-time jobs during that period. After our travels I worked several part-time jobs over a two-year period while we started building our new home. Then, beginning as a Medical Center Project Manager on September 11, 1984, I served for a total of 27 years 8 months in the Facilities Planning & Construction Department (FP&C) of Facilities Management at the University of Virginia, retiring on May 4, 2012 as the Administrative & IT Manager, Webmaster, LSP-Pro for FP&C.
Life Member of United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. and member of USS Virginia Base. Founding Webmaster for USS Virginia Base since 2003 and Commander of USS Virginia Base 2008-2019. I am currently the Base Webmaster and Holland Club Chairman. USS Virginia Base serves submariners in the Richmond and Central Virginia area.
Other Memories While attending the Instructor Training Course at Sub School I was asked to serve on that staff - which I did until I made Warrant Officer (WO-1) in June, 1970.
When I transferred from this command I was awarded the following Letter of Commendation:
THE COMMANDING OFFICER NAVAL SUBMARINE SCHOOL takes pleasure in commending CHIEF RADIOMAN KENNETH R. McDERMOTT UNITED STATES NAVY for services as set forth in the following CITATION For outstanding performance of duty while serving on the Staff of Naval Submarine School during the period of March 1969 to June 1970. As an instructor in the Instructor Training Branch, Chief Petty Officer McDERMOTT exhibited outstanding ability, initiative and resourcefulness. He was instrumental in revising the lesson plans of the most difficult lessons taught in Instructor Training School and spent many hours of research in the area of basic psychology. Chief Petty Officer McDERMOTT is extremely adept at counseling students and obtaining their best effort. Chief Petty Officer McDERMOTT's outstanding performance and devotion to duty have been in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. W. K. YATES Captain, U. S. Navy