U.S. Navy Commander Will Wiley to speak at Veterans Day ceremony
U.S. Navy Commander Will Wiley will be the guest speaker when the Elbert County Comprehensive High School hosts its annual Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 11.
The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. in the high school’s campus gymnasium.
All veterans and family members are invited to the ceremony. Any veteran who wishes to attend the ceremony is asked to arrive at 8 a.m.
Commander Wiley is a 1995 graduate of Elbert County Comprehensive High School and a 2000 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
He graduated with distinction and received a B.S. in Political Science. Also during his final semester at the U.S. Naval Academy, he enrolled at Georgetown University as a part of the Voluntary Graduate Education Program (VGEP). In December of 2000 Wiley graduated with a M.A. in National Security Studies.
Wiley is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star and various unit and service awards.
His next assignment will be as commanding officer of a nuclear powered submarine.
Wiley married his high school sweetheart, Cathy Robinson, in December of 2000 and they have two daughters, Grace (11) and Claire (8). The family resides in Arlington, Virginia.
After completing the nuclear power training pipeline, Wiley began sea duty in 2002 and has since served:
• On the USS Providence (SSN 719), where he served as the Chemical and Radiological Controls Assistant (CRA), Communicator (COMMO) and Assistant Engineer (AE).
• On the USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), where he served as Engineer Officer. For his performance on the Kentucky he received the 2010 Charles A. Lockwood Award from the Navy Submarine League for Submarine Professional Excellence.
• On the USS Hampton (767), where he served as the Executive Officer from June of 2012 until July of 2014.
It was while on the Hampton that Wiley and crew members made photos at the geographic North Pole.
In August of 2014 Commander Wiley was selected by Director of Naval Reactors Admiral John Richardson to serve as the Nuclear Enlisted Community Manager (OPNAV N133).
In this position, Wiley is responsible for all aspects of managing the careers of the 17,000 nuclear trained sailors in the U.S. Navy.