On Friday, March 15, 2019, longtime NNOA member and DCNNOA member CAPT (Ret) Wilbert R. Bynum, SC, USN held his Retirement Ceremony at the Pat Thompson Center in Millington, Tennessee. CAPT Bynum is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Training Corps (NROTC) program at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics while minoring in Physics. He also earned a Master’s Degree from Troy State University and completed executive training at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and joint professional military education at the Joint Forces Staff College. CAPT Bynum served 30 years in the Navy in a variety of sea and shore assignments. At sea, his assignments included: Supply Officer, USS GEORGE H. W. Bush (CVN 77); Assisatant Supply Officer, USS NIMITZ (CVN 68); and Supply Officer, USS FLATLEY (FFG 21) and Disbursing and Sales Officer, USS MARVIN SHIELDS (FF 1066).
Captain Bynum’s previous shore assignments included: Commanding Officer, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville, FL; Assistant Commander for Corporate Operations (N1/N5), Naval Supply Systems Command Headquarters; Director of Logistics (J4), Combined, Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff Logistics, Fleet Supply & Ordnance, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Chief of Staff for Logistics U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas; and Assistant Supply Officer, Naval Support Activity, New Orleans. CAPT Bynum currently serves as Director, Detailing Division for the Naval Supply Systems Command, Office of Supply Corps Personnel in Millington, TN.
CAPT Bynum is a Joint Qualified Officer and member of the Navy Acquisition Community. CAPT Bynum is dual warfare qualified as a Naval Aviation Supply Officer and a Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer.
His military decorations include the following: Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. The Guest Speaker for CAPT Bynum’s Retirement Ceremony was RADM (Ret) Vincent Griffith, SC, USN. The Presiding Officer for the ceremony was CAPT Kerry Pearson, SC, USN and the Master of Ceremony was CAPT Milton Troy, SC, USN. CAPT Bynum was joined in the ceremony, by his wife Jen, daughters Courtney, Serena and Milo, Mother Mrs. Jimmia Bynum, longtime family friend Mr. Robert Fields and numerous other family members and friends.
As in true Navy tradition the ceremony was “superb”! “Best Wishes” are forwarded to CAPT Bynum and his family for 30 years of distinguished service to this nation and the United States Navy from all his friends and colleagues within the National Naval Officers Association!