Command Senior Chief Willie is a native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, August 2002. After completing Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Illinois, he reported to Seamanship Apprentice School Great Lakes, Illinois. His first duty station was aboard USS George Phillip (FFG 12) as an undesignated seaman in Deck division.
Willie’s other assignments include Beach Master Unit 1 (BMU 1) Coronado, California, Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, Coastal Riverine Squadron 4 (CRS 4), Little Creek, Virginia, Littoral Combat Squadron 2 (LSCRON 2), Jacksonville, and USS St. Louis (LCS 19) Gold Crew. He is currently assigned as the Command Senior Chief of USS Detroit (LCS 7) Blue Crew.
While assigned to BMU 1, Willie completed a six-month Western Pacific deployment aboard USS Duluth (LPD 6) stationed in San Diego, California. While deployed, he earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designation. BMU 1 was awarded a Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation and Humanitarian Assistance awards.
His academic accomplishments include a Master’s in Business Administration in Human Resources from Saint Leo University. He is a graduate of Senior Enlisted Academy Class 212 (Purple Team) and CMC/COB Class 210.
Willie’s military decorations include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (7 awards), and other various unit and campaign awards.
Willie reported as Senior Enlisted Leader of USS Detroit’s (LCS 7) Blue Crew, July 2020.