The first General Membership Luncheon meeting of 2016 will be held on Tuesday, January 26. The speaker for the meeting will be Bill Crow, President of the Virginia Ship Repair Association. Bill will be presenting the VSRA Annual Report - an overview of VSRA activities, initiatives, and successes in 2015 and a look ahead at the goals for 2016.
Bill has served as President of VSRA since September 2012. Born and raised in Morganfield, Kentucky, Bill Crow graduated in 1980 from the United States Naval Academy earning a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy. He also holds a Master of Science degree from the National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
His Navy career included at-sea assignments of various division officer billets and Chief Engineer in USS PHARRIS (FF-1094), Assistant Operations Officer of Commander Destroyer Squadron Twenty Six, an extended department head tour as Chief Engineer in USS BRISCOE (DD-977), Material Officer for Commander Destroyer Squadrons Ten & Two, Executive Officer of USS PETERSON (DD-969), Commanding Officer of USS AUSTIN (LPD-4), and Training and Readiness Assistant Chief of Staff for Commander Amphibious Group Two.
Ashore he served the Navy as instructor at SWOSCOLCOM for Steam Engineering, SWO programs officer for COMNAVSURFLANT, Chief Staff Officer to the Commandant, Naval District, Washington, COMOPTEVFOR Surface Warfare Director, and Executive Officer of Naval Station Norfolk, the world largest naval base. He completed his 30 years of military service as the last Commanding Officer of Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, and the first Commander of Joint Expeditionary Base, Little Creek-Fort Story, with the transfer of the Army’s Fort Story at Cape Henry, Virginia to the Navy on October 1, 2009.
After retirement from the Navy in July of 2010, he transitioned into the private business sector as a senior naval consultant for McKean Defense Group. His primary responsibility was to review policy and procedures and to develop recommendations for implementation to improve the Navy’s conventional surface ship maintenance and modernization.
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