On Sept. 20, Yadkin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10346 welcomed its newest member and hosted an installation ceremony for promotion of United States Navy Chief Petty Officer Gunners Mate Billy W. Hawkins to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer (E8) with his family by his side.
Hawkins remains on active duty in his 14th year of service and this is the first time his family has been able to be by his side at a promotion. The team members conducting Senior Chief Hawkins’ promotion ceremony were the Yadkin VFW Post Commander, US Navy Submarine Veteran, Steven Mosteller, Sr. Vice Commander, US Army veteran Leonard Triplett, Yadkin VFW Post member, veteran LCDR Bruce Flood, USNR-RET, US Army post Chaplin Buddy Rhodes, Reverend Russ Nixon, Hawkins’ sons Landon and Logan, his father Keith Hawkins and grandpa Ronnie Darnell.
Senior Chief Hawkins has had many deployments and assignments during his career, including combat and has received many performance awards. At the present time, he is assigned to the Navy Recruiting District Raleigh with an office in Charlotte as an Officer Recruiter.
“We congratulate USN Gunners Mate Senior Chief Petty Billy Hawkins on his well deserved promotion and heartily welcome him to Yadkin VFW Post 10346,” said Flood.