MEET THE CREW

MEET YOUR SOUTH DAKOTA SAILORS

CPO(SS) James L. Millard III

CPO(SS) James M.

Hometown: Canton, OH
Executive Department
Yeoman Division Leading Chief Petty Officer

Chief James M. enlisted in the United States Navy in July 2007. He has served previously onboard the submarines USS COLUMBUS and USS HARTFORD where he completed both Western Pacific (WESTPAC) and European Command (EUCOM) deployments.

Chief James M.’s tour onboard has been characterized by a series of firsts. He holds the distinction of being the first Sailor to report for duty onboard PCU SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790). He was selected as SOUTH DAKOTA’s first Sailor of the Quarter in December 2015. Lastly, he was part of the first group of Sailors to be advanced to Chief Petty Officer.

YN2(SS) Valentay N. Williams

YN2(SS) Valentay W.

Hometown: Twin City, GA
Executive Department
Yeoman Division

Petty Officer Valentay W. enlisted in the United States Navy in July 2008. He has served previously onboard the submarine USS MONTPELIER (SSN 765) where he completed both European Command (EUCOM) and Northern Command (NORTHCOM) deployments. While serving at COMMANDER UNDERSEA SURVEILLANCE (CUS), he supported antisubmarine warfare commands and tactical forces by detecting, classifying, and providing timely reporting of information on submarines and other contacts of interest to provide to both Naval Ocean Processing Facility Dam Neck and Naval Ocean Processing Facility Whidbey Island.

Petty Officer Valentay W. was selected as PCU SOUTH DAKOTA’s first Junior Sailor of the Quarter in December 2015. He was elected by his peers to serve as Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Committee President, where he has worked diligently to bring together representatives throughout the crew to work as a team for the benefit of the Sailors.

Petty Officer Valentay W. enjoys making skits and video editing, showing his four year old daughter how to play soccer and basketball, and also likes running obstacle course races. He also loves spending time with his family back home in Georgia and Florida.

YN2(SU) Connor J. StevensonYN2(SU) Connor S.

Hometown: Manchester, CT
Executive Department
Yeoman Division

Originally from Manchester, CT, Petty Officer Connor S. graduated from Howell Cheney Technical High School specializing in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Petty Officer Connor S. joined the Navy in April of 2015. After completion of boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes he reported to Yeoman “A” School in Meridian, Mississippi. Following his “A” school, Petty Officer Connor S. reported to Naval Submarine School at Groton, CT where he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS). He is now a member of Yeoman Division onboard PCU SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) where he was promoted from Seaman to Petty Officer Third Class in December of 2015 and then promoted to Petty Officer Second Class in November of 2016. Due to his hard work and dedication, Petty Officer Connor S. was selected for Blue Jacket of the Quarter for the First Quarter of FY-16 and then selected again in the Second Quarter. Petty Officer Connor S. has also support USS ILLINIOS (SSN 786) for their Weapons Handling, a key event in order for the ship to be commissioned.

Petty Officer Connor S. comes from a family of proud Navy Veterans, his uncle Robert Harrower retired after 25 years of honorable service as a Chief Warrant Officer. Connor S. also follows his uncle Christopher Jones, who was a Sonar Technician Third Class attached to USS PITTSBURGH.

In his spare time, Petty Officer Connor S. likes to work on both classic and new model cars, building computers from the ground up, and spending time with family.

ITS2(SS) Jacob B.

 

Navigation/Operations Department
Information Systems Division

The second of four children, originally from Fort Walton Beach, FL Petty Officer Jacob B. graduated from Rocky Bayou Christian School in 2007. He joined the Marine Corps in August of 2008. He served Active Duty and Reserve component for a total of 6 years, earning the rank of Sergeant. During that time he earned an Associates of Arts Degree from Lonestar College and a Baccalaureate Degree in Cultural Anthropology from Ashford University.

In August of 2014, he transitioned to Active Duty Navy. After completion of Other Service Veteran Training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, he then reported to Naval Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut where he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS). Following BESS, he attended Information Systems Technician Submarines “A”, “C”, and “F” school at Center for Information Dominance Training Center in Groton, Connecticut. From that time he was

promoted from Seaman to Petty Officer Third Class.

He has served at Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron in Japan, Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 in Arizona, and Marine Air Group 24 in Hawaii. He is now a member of the Information Systems Technician Submarines Division onboard PCU SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) where he was meritoriously promoted to Petty Officer Second Class in March of 2016. Due to his hard work and dedication, Petty Officer B. was selected for Junior Sailor of the Quarter for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017.

ITS2(SS) Stephen C.

 

Navigation/Operations Department
Information Systems Division

The younger of two children, he was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Enlisted in the Navy at the age of 27 in November of 2005, he completed Basic Training at Great Lakes, Basic Submarine School and Fire Control Technician “A” and “C” schools. He was one of the first to cross rate to Information Systems Technician Submarines in early 2012.

The Petty Officer First Class has served eight strategic deterrent patrols and seven refits on the USS WYOMING (SSBN 742) (Blue), plank owner at Center for Information Dominance Groton (CID) teaching the Information systems Technician Submarines “C” school pipeline to 290 students in 6 modules where he earned his second warfare pin, and currently one of the first to serve the PCU SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) as the Information Systems Leading Petty Officer.

He is authorized to wear the Submarine Warfare Enlisted Insignia, and the Information Warfare Enlisted Insignia. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Five Awards), and various service awards.

ITS1(SS) Jacob K.

Navigation/Operations Department
Information Systems Division

The youngest of four children, he was raised in Norwich, CT. Graduated from Norwich Technical High School specializing in electronics in 2004. From 2004-2006 he served a two year Mission for his Church. Enlisting in the Navy in September of 2007, he completed Basic Training at Great Lakes, Basic Submarine School and Electronics Technician Navigation “A” school in Groton, CT and D-5 Back fit “C” school in Kings Bay Georgia. He Cross Rated to ITS in 2011.

The Petty Officer has Served aboard the USS WEST VIRGINIA (SSBN 736) and USS TENNESSEE (SSN 734) and currently on PCU SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN790) in the Information Systems Division.

Ashore, he served as an Instructor at Naval Submarine School Groton, CT.

He is authorized to wear the Submarine Warfare Enlisted Insignia. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal (Two Awards) and Meritorious unit Commendation (Two Awards)

Petty Officer Jacob K. is a second generation Submariner. His father, Paul K. retired after 20 years of honorable service as a Missile Technician Chief Petty Officer.

ITS1(SS) David G.

Navigation/Operations Department
Information Systems Division

The youngest of two children, he was raised in Zanesville, Ohio. Enlisting in the Navy in June of 1997, he completed Basic Training at Great Lakes, Basic Submarine School and Fire Control Technician “A” and “C” schools. He has earned his Baccalaureate Degree in Information Technology Management from Trident University

Chief Petty Officer David G. has served aboard the USS PASADENA (SSN 752), USS ALEXANDRIA (SSN 757), and USS JIMMY CARTER (SSN 23) as Detachment Undersea Research and Development and also at the Naval Research Laboratory and currently on PCU SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) as the Information Systems LCPO.

Ashore, he served as recruiter at Navy Recruiting District Ohio, and as CMC of Supervisor of Shipbuilding Groton, CT.

He is authorized to wear Submarine Enlisted Insignia. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Three Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Seen Awards) and various service and campaign awards including the Presidential Unit Citation.

TS3(SS) Nicholas W.

Navigation/Operations Department
Information Systems Division

Nicholas Paul W. is the middle child of a small Cajun family nestled in the bayous of Marrero, Louisiana. He would later move to the city and find himself in love with New Orleans, spending most of his life within the city borders.

He graduated from Brother Martin High School in 2004. He went on to try his hand at college at the University of New Orleans. Fate had other plans for him in the fall of 2005 when the capricious whim of nature put him on a crash course with Hurricane Katrina. It was the devastation and aftermath of Mother Nature that led a young Nicholas to the world of telecommunications and later I.T. work at the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena.

He would find himself at home there for approximately 6 years before switching gears to transition to field technician work at AT&T. Spending two years there, Nicholas became restless. Seeking a new adventure and bigger challenges, he walked into a recruiter’s office on a whim to discuss I.T. opportunities with the Navy.

He reported to boot camp in the wintery grip of January 2015. Following that he went on to Basic Submarine School in Groton, Ct. After, he went on to his A, C, and F school in Groton as well. Reporting to the PCU SOUTH DAKOTA in June 2016, he was offered an opportunity to serve aboard the USS NORTH DAKOTA. He would go on to find an amazing and supportive crew. While onboard he qualified PMS maintenance, multiple in port watches, and his senior watch station LAN Technician of the Watch. His 8 month temporary duty culminated in a 30 day underway in February 2017 where he finished his Submarine Warfare qualification and returned to the PCU SOUTH DAKOTA to continue learning and training.

Somewhere along the line (he doesn’t really remember) he made the much debated decision of marriage. He was fortunate to find the most amazing woman in the world and trick her into agreeing to marry him. Her family has a long and proud history of Naval service here in Groton, CT. She is a pediatric nurse in New London and likes to adopt dogs while her husband is out to sea. This makes her husband happy.