|CAPT Jim Willis, USCGret||
Joined Nov 9 2015
71 Graduate of USCG Academy. First assignment was USCGC Sherman right after she got back from Vietnam. Served as Deck Watch Officer, CIC Officer, Electronics Warfare Officer, Exchange Officer, and one deployment as Oceanographic Officer.
Strongest memories of Sherman assignment included riding out a hurricane on Ocean Station Echo and taking 60 degree rolls. Swim call on Echo when the water was smooth as glass and volleyball on the flight deck with a tether ball and a long line. Cutting ice off the deck in 1 foot square blocks during Ocean Station Bravo, and the Parodi cigars smoked by CAPT Bartlett no matter how rough it got. Greatest thrill, mooring at Gitmo every day as DWO, cutting through the Cape Cod Canal at 26 knots on one bird, and sleaming through the outer harber of Boston at 18 knots as DWO. Navigator was fit to be tied, but CAPT was in a hurry.
Spent 29 more years in the Coast Guard, including 3 ships (Mendota, Pt. Evans, and Cherokee), 4 training assignments (Academy, Boot Camp, Petaluma, HQ) and 2 computer assignments (District 7 and Operations Systems Center).
Retired as Deputy Chief of Training and Reserve for the USCG. Currently Deputy Chief of Training for the US Fish & Wildlife Service.