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AOCS (AW) Al Grant USN (Ret)

       Senior Chief Grant was born in Toledo Ohio; he attended Elementary and Junior High School before moving to Denver Colorado where he attended High School. During his senior year he relocated to Rigby Idaho and graduated from Rigby High School in 1985.

        After a short summer in 1985 Senior Chief Grant enlisted in the Navy as an Aviation Ordnanceman to begin his Navy career. Several duty stations and deployments were ahead and fortunately they all were successful tours of duty ranging from USS Coral Sea (CV43) where he served as a weapons assembly technician, his second duty station HELMINERON 12 was a complete change of pace and while stationed aboard HM-12 he was accepted to and graduated from the Hampton Roads Regional Academy of Criminal Justice and served as a state certified police officer for the City of Newport News. Other duty stations included, USS America (CV66) where he served as a weapons assembly supervisor, Naval Air Maintenance Training Detachment Norfolk Va serving as an Instructor for the Aviation Ordnance rating, USS Bataan (LHD5) serving as the Combat Ordnance Division Leading Chief Petty Officer, Commander Surface Forces Atlantic serving as Weapons Safety Inspector, Afloat Training Group Atlantic serving as Ordnance Handling Safety Inspection Leading Chief Petty Officer, and completing his career aboard USS Harry S Truman.  The Truman was his most rewarding tour of duty as he led over 300 Sailors in their professional growth and development; it also was the duty station from which he retired.  During his career he was blessed with a lovely bride Bonnie Lou Taylor, they were married in 1987 and have 2 beautiful daughters Kristi and Katie.

        Senior Chief Grant retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 years of service. He currently serves as the Naval Science Instructor at Gloucester High School.

BMC Nathan Williams USCG (Ret)

Chief Williams was born and raised in Detroit and its suburbs in Michigan. He went to elementary school in Detroit before he moved to Madison Heights in the 5th grade and graduated from Lamphere High School in 1993.

After a short stint at college, Chief Williams enlisted in the Coast Guard in May 1995. Once he graduated from boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey, Chief Williams’ first unit was the Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) in Grand Haven, Michigan where he maintained buoys, lighthouses and other aids to navigation on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. He certified as Crewman on the 46’ BUSL and the 25’ TANB, and became a Boatswain’s Mate Third Class at the ANT. From there Chief moved across the state to Detroit and reported aboard the CG Cutter BRISTOL BAY where he learned ice breaking and continued maintaining aids to navigation. He first certified as a Coxswain on the unit’s small boat, as buoy deck supervisor, and assisted in navigating the cutter through the great lakes and its rivers. After his tour in Detroit, Chief’s next unit was at Station Freeport, Texas where he served as the Deck Department Head and Rescue and Survival Petty Officer. This is also where he was first certified as a Boarding Officer and as Coxswain on the 41’ UTB and 47’ MLB. Next, he reported to Training Center Yorktown, VA as a Boatswain’s Mate “A” School instructor. Chief Williams was an instructor for 4 years and taught various navigation topics and served as the supply petty officer. After Yorktown, he was given the opportunity to serve as Executive Petty Officer (XPO) at Station San Juan, Puerto Rico. As XPO he had oversight for the Station, and detachments in St. Thomas and St Croix. Here he added the certifications as Coxswain on the 45’ RB-M the 33’ SPC-LE, and the 25’ RB-S. After successfully completing that tour he headed back to Training Center Yorktown for his last CG tour as the Assistant Rating Knowledge Manager for the Boatswain’s Mate rating. Chief was responsible for writing the End of Course Tests for all three ranks and assisted in transitioning the rate into the new advancement system. He helped write all of the new advancement qualification tasks that all members of the rate are required to accomplish to advance in the rating. He is married to his wife Crystle and has four children: Layla, Owen, Austin, and Nicolas.

Chief Williams retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in September 2015 after completing 20 years of service. He currently serves as a Naval Science Instructor at Gloucester High School.