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A 416-word article discussing Naval Officer Senior Chief Charlene Williams (Retired). Written by By Kim J. Clark Aka Expanding LoveKim is the mother of a veteran who loved his country and was willing to lay his life down for the freedoms in which he believed. She is the Founder and CEO of The DeMarco Project, a non-profit organization. Her life’s mission is to save veteran lives and improve the quality of life for traumatized military service persons. If you would like to support her in this work, please donate to or The DeMarco Project Facebook page.



In celebration of Black History month, we are honoring Naval Officer Senior Chief Charlene Williams (Retired). Over the course of her 26-year military career, she achieved many great accomplishments. Senior Chief Williams (retired) was the first female Sailor of the Year on the naval ship USS Nassau. She was also awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Stars and the Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Stars.


Charlene, a native of Tampa Florida has always been a strategic thinker. She joined the Navy as soon as she graduated high school to pay for college without incurring any financial debt. To that end, she has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from National University in San Diego; a Master of Arts in Organizational Guidance Counseling from Norfolk State University; and is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree in Education.


Senior Chief Williams (retired) enjoyed traveling the world while serving our country. She was deployed during 9/11 in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

She was stationed onboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson, and the Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise as Drug and Alcohol Counselor. While traveling internationally, she trained and supported many Sailors.

History Maker - First Female Sailor of the Year on the USS Nassau LHA-4 Senior C