• Chief Warrant Officer John Wallace

  • Chief Warrant Officer Wallace is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, received his Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with Concentrations in History and Education from Mercer University. He originally enlisted in the United States Navy following graduation from High School in 1981. 

    His initial assignment was in USS New Orleans LPH-11 in San Diego, CA, where he advanced to Petty Officer Second Class before separating from the Navy in 1986. He made the decision to return to Naval service in 1988 and was assigned to the Pre-commissioning crew of USS Wisconsin BB-64, where he remained until the ship's decommissioning in 1991. He immediately reported to the Pre-Commissioning Crew of USS Vicksburg CG-69 where he served until 1994 and then transferred to Naval Air Station Key West, Florida for his lone assignment ashore. During this assignment he completed his Associate of Arts Degree from Saint Leo University.

    In 1998 he returned to Sea Duty aboard USS Enterprise CVN-65, in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and to Senior Chief Petty Officer before being reassigned to Commander Amphibious Squadron TWO.

        While attached to PHIBRON TWO, embarked in USS Nassau LHA-4, he was deployed to the Persian Gulf for 277 days in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this deployment, he was selected for Commissioning to Chief Warrant Officer. Upon his commissioning, he was transferred to USS Shoup DDG-86, homeported in Everett, Washington, as Combat Information Center Officer.

        In December 2005, in the aftermath of the Tsunami that devastated Indonesia, USS Shoup was sent to the region to provide humanitarian assistance and Chief Warrant Officer Wallace was allowed to go ashore and provide assistance of providing food and water to the people of the area.

           After returning to homeport, he was reassigned to Afloat Training Group Pacific Northwest as Assistant Combat Systems Officer. Chief Warrant Officer Wallace retired from active duty in 2007, returning to his home state of Georgia. After his moving home, he returned to college in order to complete his degree with the ultimate goal of becoming a High School Teacher.

                Chief Warrant Officer Wallace's  decorations include two Navy Commendation Medals, five  Navy Achievement Medals and various other service medals and ribbons.  He has over 18 years sea service with over 30 years of leadership experience.  

    Civilian Biography:

    Chief Warrant Officer Wallace retired from over 25 years of service in the United States Navy on 1 March 2007.  Upon completion of his Bachelor Degree he accepted the position of Senior Naval Science Instructor at Jefferson County High School. During his Navy career he was recognized for his service to his community and his efforts working with children. In 1996 he was selected as the South Florida Council Cub master of the Year and was presented with a "Key to the City" of Key West, Florida for his efforts with scouting and volunteer coaching of youth sports.

        At Jefferson County High School, he serves as an Advisor/Mentor to members of the Principal's Student Leadership Council and coaches NJROTC competitive teams and has served as both the Boy's and Girl's Soccer Coach. He is a qualified Master Marksmanship Instructor  and he has lead the NJROTC Air Rifle Team to Navy JROTC Nationals the past five years. His overarching goal for his students is to provide them with opportunities to become better and more involved citizens, and to assist them reaching their educational goals.