Senior Chief William A. Kumley enlisted in the Navy under the Delayed Entry Program in June of 1997 from his hometown of New Port Richey, Florida. After attending Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois, he reported to AT “A” school in Pensacola Florida before reporting to his first command of HMT-302 at Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, NC. While attached to HMT-302, he worked as a communications and navigation technician at Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 where he advanced to the rank of Petty Officer Second Class.
In September of 2000, he reported to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Oceana Sea-op-Det as an F-14 Tomcat Radar technician. He deployed onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) for the 2001-2002 deployment after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center for what became known as the Iron Man deployment where the ship spent 159 consecutive days at sea without a port call in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also deployed on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) for the 2003-2004 deployment.
While assigned to AIMD Oceana, he was advanced to Petty Officer First Class through the Meritorious Advancement Program and was the Leading Petty Officer of the F-14 Radar Shop. After the F-14 Tomcat was retired from service, he served as the Manpower Assistant Leading Petty Officer.
In March of 2008, Senior Chief Kumley reported to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), where he was selected to Chief Petty Officer in 2009. He served as the Mess Decks Chief Master-At-Arms, Aviation Electrician Branch Chief Petty Officer, and Light Industrial Facility Chief Petty Officer, before reporting to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as the Light Industrial Facility Leading Chief Petty Officer during the ship’s Refueling and Complex Overhaul in Newport News, Virginia.
After two back to back sea tours, he reported to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron 106 in Oceana Virginia where he served as the Maintenance Chief and Senior Enlisted Advisor for the E/F “Rhino” side of the squadron earning his Safe for Flight qualification and leading multiple training detachments as well as standing up the squadrons Tactical Demonstration team. Following a successful tour at VFA-106, he transferred to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 “Dragonwhales” and was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program. He reported to Transient Personnel Unit Puget Sound in October of 2018 as the Command Senior Chief.
Senior Chief Kumley is a graduate of both the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 195 Khaki) and the Command Master Chief course (Class 191). His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Meritorious Volunteer Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (seven awards), and various unit and campaign awards.