On a clear crisp day in the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy, RADM William Powell was laid to rest before his wife of over 60 years Loretta, sons William and David, and many other family and friends. Fair Winds and Following Seas to a true trailblazer. – RADM S.M. Harris, USN Retired, President, NNOA
Obituary published at: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/springfield-va/william-powell-8149423
RADM William E. Powell, Jr. (Age 82)
Rear Admiral William E. Powell, Jr. passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019. RADM Powell graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1959 and served the Navy with distinction for 30 years, retiring in 1988.
Born in Indianapolis on April 12, 1936, he was one of 13 African-American students selected to integrate the prestigious Shortridge High School in his hometown. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy, completed basic training at Bainbridge MD, entered the Naval Academy Preparatory School, and was appointed to the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from the Academy with the Class of 1959 and received his commission.
RADM Powell’s first assignment was to the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens GA. Early assignments with the Supply Corps included service at Pearl Harbor; the Naval Air Station at Point Mugu CA; the Naval Supply Depot at Subic Bay, Philippines; and Naval Systems Command in Washington, D.C.
RADM Powell earned an MBA degree in Financial Management from George Washington University in 1969. Subsequent assignments included service aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid; the Aviation Supply Office in Philadelphia; attendance at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces; the Navy Supply Center in Oakland CA; and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington. From 1982 to 1984, RADM Powell served as Commanding Officer at the Naval Supply Depot, Subic Bay. After a brief stop back in Washington, he assumed command of the Naval Supply Center, Norfolk VA.
In 1985, Powell was selected for the rank of Rear Admiral, becoming the first African-American flag officer in the Navy Supply Corps and only the eighth African-American flag officer overall in the U.S. Navy.
After retiring from active duty with the Navy, RADM Powell accepted a position at DuPont in Wilmington DE, and subsequently worked for PECO Energy Company in Philadelphia.
RADM Powell is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Loretta Braxton Mitchell; sons William C. Powell and David A. Powell; grandsons Cameron Mitchell Powell and Lawson Maxwell Powell; niece LCDR Cecile R. Powell, USN Ret.; and the Scott-Lawson families.
Burial will take place at the U.S. Naval Academy, details to be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to the Navy Supply Corps Foundation, online at www.usnscf.com.
Captain Brimm is the 2018 NNOA Golden Pen Award winner and former Camp Pendleton /Miramar chapter president. Captain Brimm enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2006. Captain Brimm checked into II Marine Expeditionary Force Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) in September 2006.
Captain Brimm served as a Supply Chief, Assistant Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor and Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor at SOTG from 2006 to 2009, being meritoriously promoted twice.
He was then transferred to 2d Marine Logistics Group, Combat Logistics Regiment 27. During his time with Combat Logistics Regiment 27, he served as Platoon Sergeant, Supply Chief and Supply Admin Chief from 2009 to 2010. He was then selected for the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) and began studying at Fordham University, while attached to State University of New York Maritime College Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Captain Brimm graduated The Basic School in 2013, followed by Supply School in 2014. He then checked into 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) in February 2015 to serve as the Battalion Supply Officer. During his time with 1st CEB, he supported three MEU rotations and revamped the internal controls and training program. He also provided Supply Support for the first ever Engineer Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation which was dispersed across three geographical locations and two states.
In December 2016, Captain Brimm reported to 5th Marine Regiment to serve as the Regimental Supply Officer. Shortly after checking in, he was selected to serve as the Command Element Supply Officer for the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force. He was the action officer for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle modernization program. He also served as the action Officer for Operation “Fighting Weight” which resulted in a 10 percent Marine Air Ground Total Force (MAGTF) reduction in principal end items to optimize the Commander’s Equipment Density List. He improved the SPMAGTF-CR-CC 16.2’s overall Supply System Readiness (SSRI) by 40 percent. This involved planning, supervising and executing the retrograde of $2 Million in gear from three Central Command (CENTCOM) countries supported by the SPMAGTF back to I MEF.
In March 2017, Captain Brimm reported to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion from 5th
Marine Regiment. Since his arrival to 1st LAR Bn. Captain Brimm managed the budget execution of the battalion as well as an additional $1.5 million in funds excess to day to day budget of $2.2 million with no errors. He developed, staffed and implemented Battalion SL-3 policy in order to improve combat readiness and accountability, resulting in savings of over $300,000. The efforts of his Marines have contributed to an average maintenance readiness of 92%, the highest of the 23 Battalions in the Division. During this time he also served as a membership director and then chapter president of the Camp Pendleton/Miramar chapter.
Capt Brimm reported to The Basic School, Quantico VA in August of 2018 to serve as a Warfighting Instructor. His current duties include teaching student Lieutenants Warfighting, with an emphasis on ethics, combat life-saving and the foundations of Officership. He also currently serves as the scholarship chair for the Quantico NNOA chapter.
Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District cordially invites you to attend the U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston Change of Command Ceremony.
Commander James W. Spitler will be relieved by Commander Marcus A. Canady on Friday, the twenty-eighth of June at ten o’clock in the morning.
U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston
1178 Ellington Field
reception to follow
Click to RSVP by 17 June 2019
POC: LT Brian Muldoon
Military: Tropical Blue w/ Combination Cover or Service Equivalent
Civilian: Business Attire
Official Party: Full Dress White
The National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) this year had the pleasure of participating in The Navy League of the United States Sea, Air and Space Exposition May 6-8, 2019. NNOA through our partnership with the Navy League was able to have a booth at this year’s Exposition. The NNOA booth was manned by NNOA Life Members CAPT (Ret) Willie Evans, SC, USN and CAPT (Ret) Jerome D. Davis, SC, USN. The NNOA booth was visited by Flag Officers, Generals, Senior Executive Service members, Private Industry Executives and hundreds of participants during the three day Exposition. NNOA National President RADM (Retired) Sinclair Harris, USN was also in attendance. Attached for your information and viewing pleasure are a few photographs from the Sea, Air and Space Exposition.