First SWCC Warrant
By Journalist 1st Class (SW/AW) Sonya Ansarov, Naval
Special Warfare Command Public Affairs
CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Chief Warrant Officer
(CWO2) David L. Wylie III, Special Boat Team (SBT)
12 in Coronado, Calif., was commissioned as the
first Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC)
warrant officer Oct.1, at a ceremony held aboard
Naval Amphibious Base.
Wylie, who was a chief boatswain's mate (SWCC/SW),
is the first of four SWCC chiefs selected to the
rank of warrant officer. The other three SWCC
warrant officers will be commissioned later this
year and early next year.
"The warrant officer program is a giant step for the
SWCC community," said Cmdr. Steve Nelson, commanding
officer, SBT-12. "This program was designed to fill
the 'expertise' billet. Warrants are the technical
experts, the masters. I cannot think of a better
person to fill this
billet. Chief Wylie's successful career proves he's
the right man for this job, and I'm extremely proud
he's the first warrant for our community."
Warrant officers have been around since the
inception of the Navy. They were listed as sailing
masters, pursers (a ship's officer charged with
keeping accounts), boatswains, gunners, carpenters,
sail makers and midshipmen. Over the years, the
warrant officer rank evolved as the technical
experts within their particular field. Today,
warrant officers provide the Navy with an invaluable
form of leadership, as an officer who has the
expertise and authority to direct the most exacting
technical operations in a given occupational field.
After Wylie's chief anchors were removed, the
commanding officer read the Officer's Oath, and then
Wylie's wife and daughter attached the warrant
officer shoulder boards on his uniform - designating
him as Chief Warrant Officer Wylie.
"The warrant officer program is important for our
community," said Wylie. "We now have our own SWCC
officers as the special boat detachments officers in
charge. This is a very important role for the SWCC
community, and I feel I am the right person for the
Wylie has been a SWCC for 15 years, and he's been
the assistant officer-in-charge (AOIC) of two MK-V
detachments, most recently, in support of Operations
Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom.
"I know the significance and importance of this job,
and I'm ready for the responsibility," Wylie said.
"I'm just honored to be selected to wear this
uniform, and I'm especially honored to be the first
SWCC warrant officer.This is the future for our
After LDO/CWO (Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant
Officer) indoctrination in Pensacola, Fla., Wylie
will report as the MK-V Officer-in-Charge at Special
Boat Team 20.
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