Howell, William, CWO4

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Chief Warrant Officer 4
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Underwater Ordnance Technician
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726X-Warrant Officer - Ordnance Technician - Submarine
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Line Officer
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2012-2016, 726X, Kings Bay (Staff), Trident Training Facility (Staff)
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FT-1320-TRIDENT MK 118 Combat Control System Maintenance Technician
FT-1328-Master Fire Control Technician
Service Years
1985 - 2016
Underwater Ordnance Technician
Chief Warrant Officer 4

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 USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) Details

USS Kentucky (SSBN-737)

The first KENTUCKY, a confederate transport, was captured by the union Navy in June, 1862; the name KENTUCKY was retained. She was assigned to the Mississippi squadron in support of union forces performing various transport duties on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. KENTUCKY sank in June, 1865, by accident with great loss of life, while operating on the Red River. Among those who died were some thirty paroled confederate soldiers.

The career of the second KENTUCKY (BB-6), a turn-of-the-century battleship, lasted for twenty years. About the size of a World War II destroyer, she was one of the most advanced warships of her day and the first American battleship to make extensive use of electricity and to provide ventilation below decks. Launched in March, 1898 and commissioned in May, 1900, the battleship sailed to Hong Kong in 1901 and became the flagship of the Asiatic Fleet, watching over American interests in the Far East.

Upon her return to the United States in 1904, KENTUCKY was involved in tactics and maneuvers off the Atlantic coast with the North Atlantic Fleet. In the fall of 1906, she transported marines to Havana and offered support to forces ashore during the Cuban insurrection. In 1907 she returned to Hampton Roads, Virginia, to join the "Great White Fleet" of sixteen battleships on a fourteen-month cruise around the globe. The voyage was widely acclaimed for the honor it brought to the United States Navy and for its demonstration to the world of America's strength.

Following the successful cruise, she was decommissioned, though she was recommissioned in June, 1915 as a training vessel. Later that year she sailed to the coast of Mexico to protect American interests during the period following the Mexican Revolution. During World War I, KENTUCKY served as a training ship for thousands of recruits along the Atlantic Coast. She was finally decommissioned in May, 1920. Construction was begun on a third KENTUCKY (BB-66), an lowa-class battleship, but was never completed. Her keel was laid in December, 1944, but construction was suspended in 1947 when the vessel was 70 percent complete.

Technology has dramatically changed the size and capabilities of naval warships since the battleship KENTUCKY was commissioned in 1900, but the mission of the United States Navy has not significantly changed. That mission is to protect the vital interests of the United States of America. KENTUCKY (SSBN 737) is uniquely suited to this task.The submarine USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737) is the third U.S. Naval vessel to be named in honor of the Bluegrass state, and the twelfth Trident submarine commissioned.

Kentucky Governor William O. Bradley's statement, made after witnessing the launching of the battleship KENTUCKY in 1898, is equally applicable today:

There is no better ship; there could be no better name.

Commisioned July 13, 1991

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CWO Duffy, Timothy, CWO4 120

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2009
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Greg Alderman

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CDR Mike McKinnon (CO)
CDR Kelly (CO)
CMDCM John Bradley

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USS Kentucky (SSBN-737)

Noble, Benjamin, CPO, (1996-Present) FT FT-1327 Petty Officer First Class
Goff, Chrisopher, PO1, (2000-Present) FT FT-1313 Petty Officer Second Class
Hennessy, Thomas, CPO, (1995-2006) FT FT-1320 Petty Officer Second Class
Larsen, Evan, LT, (1995-2008) FT FT-1320 Petty Officer Second Class
Goff, Chrisopher, PO1, (2000-Present) FT FT-1313 Petty Officer Third Class
Kelly, Christopher, CDR, (1983-2004) OFF 00X Commander
McKinnon, Mike, CAPT, (1981-2007) OFF 112X Commander
Walker, Brad, CDR, (1982-2002) OFF 112X Commander
Perreault, Mark, LCDR, (1987-2010) OFF 112X Lieutenant Commander
Conner, Michael, LCDR, (1989-2007) OFF 112X Lieutenant
Flanagan, Sean, LT, (1997-2008) OFF 112X Lieutenant
Jewett, Carl, LCDR, (1985-2008) OFF 112X Lieutenant
[Name Withheld], (1996-Present) OFF 112X Lieutenant
Pittman, Erik, CDR, (1994-Present) OFF 112X Lieutenant
Eisenhuth, Brian, CDR, (1998-Present) OFF 112X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Overfield, Michael, LCDR, (1996-2010) OFF 117X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Overfield, Norman, LCDR, (1989-2013) OFF 112X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Fornal, Kevin, CDR, (1998-Present) OFF 112X Ensign
Churchwell, Marc, CMC, (1976-2004) 00 9579 Master Chief Petty Officer
Jackson, Michael, CMC, (1984-Present) MM MM-3302 Master Chief Petty Officer
Blakeney, David, SCPO, (1984-2007) ST STS-0501 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Caez, Norberto, MCPO, (1977-2007) HM HM-8402 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Cameron, Joe, MCPO, (1985-2006) CS CS-3529 Senior Chief Petty Officer
McBride, Steven, SCPO, (1976-2002) 00 9517 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Peirson, Jim, SCPO, (1980-2001) EM EM-3364 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Rocha, James, SCPO, (1992-2012) MM MM-3302 Senior Chief Petty Officer
ATCHLEY, RANDY, CPO, (1980-2000) MM MM-3365 Chief Petty Officer
Carr, Oliver, CPO, (1989-2007) CS CS-3529 Chief Petty Officer
Dixon, Mark, CPO, (1989-2011) MM MM-4233 Chief Petty Officer
Flora, Thomas, CPO, (1992-2008) ST ST-0495 Chief Petty Officer
Greene, Rich, CPO, (1980-2000) ET ET-3363 Chief Petty Officer
Habbershon, Al, CPO, (1987-2007) ET ET-14TM Chief Petty Officer
Hillis, Jack, SCPO, (1989-2007) ET ET-14SM Chief Petty Officer
Kotson, James, CPO, (1980-2002) ET ET-3363 Chief Petty Officer
Lutes, Nick, LCDR, (1987-2015) MT MT-3312 Chief Petty Officer
MANOGUE, JOHN, CPO, (1986-2006) RM RM-23TM Chief Petty Officer
MANOGUE, JOHN, CPO, (1986-2006) ETR ETR-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Martinez, William, SCPO, (1983-2007) ST STS-0425 Chief Petty Officer
Matteson, Matthew, CPO, (1998-2007) MM MM-3366 Chief Petty Officer
McDannold, Gregory, SCPO, (1985-Present) ET ET-14NV Chief Petty Officer
Mize, Donnie, LT, (1986-Present) RM RM-23TM Chief Petty Officer
Mulcahy, Patrick, CPO, (1987-Present) ET ET-14NV Chief Petty Officer
Naylor, Chuck, CPO, (1982-2005) EM EM-3364 Chief Petty Officer
Nix, Dave, CPO, (1992-2007) MM MM-3365 Chief Petty Officer
Oberdorf, Matt, CPO, (1989-2009) MT MT-3312 Chief Petty Officer
Rogers, Travis, CPO, (1994-Present) ST STS-0425 Chief Petty Officer
Swallom, Michael, SCPO, (1990-Present) MT MT-3312 Chief Petty Officer
Talavera, Luis, CPO, (1987-2007) MT MT-3312 Chief Petty Officer
Thrasher, George, SCPO, (1985-2008) ET ET-14RM Chief Petty Officer
Tomar, David, SCPO, (1986-2007) ET ET-3363 Chief Petty Officer
Weber, Todd, CPO, (1985-2005) ET ET-14JA Chief Petty Officer
Wiggs, Chris, CPO, (1991-Present) CS CS-3529 Chief Petty Officer
Wiley, Donald, CPO, (1979-1999) ET ET-3363 Chief Petty Officer
Williams, Clemmie, CPO, (1988-2007) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Barlow, Eddie, SCPO, (1988-Present) ET ET-14IC Petty Officer First Class
Baum, Christopher, CPO, (1990-2007) MT MT-3311 Petty Officer First Class
Bemrich, Jesse, SCPO, (2001-Present) ET ET-14NV Petty Officer First Class
Blanton, Justin, PO1, (1997-2010) ET ET-14TM Petty Officer First Class
Brown, Terrance, CPO, (1988-2010) ET ET-14IC Petty Officer First Class

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