Tom Reynolds retired from the US Navy as a Chief Warrant Officer four (CWO4) in the summer of 2017. He served 27 years in the Navy. What follows is his retirement biography from his ceremony on USS MIDWAY Museum.
Chief Warrant Officer Four Thomas Reynolds
Home Town: Sunset, Kansas
Spouse: Janet Reynolds (nee Sanders)
Children: Marcy Reynolds, Thomas Reynolds Jr.
Chief Warrant Officer Reynoldsis a native of Sunset, KS. He enlisted as a Seaman Recruit in the United States Navy in Kansas City, MO in June of 1990.
Meritoriously advanced to E-2 during recruit training at Naval Training Center San Diego, California, and E-3 and Petty Officer Third Class in A and C Schools, he transferred to USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52), homeport in Yokosuka, Honshu, Japan. While attached to BUNKER HILL, he experienced two deployments to the Western Pacific and one deployment to the Arabian Gulf. He transferred to Aegis Training and Readiness Center for instructor duty in the fall of 1997 and advanced to Petty Officer Second Class.
From 1997 to 2000, he taught at ATRC and attained the rank of Petty Officer First Class. He also earned the Master Training Specialist certification.
In July of 2000 he reported to USS SHILOH (CG 67). Thomas was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in September of 2001 and quickly transferred to USS ANTIETAM (CG 54). Both ships were in San Diego, CA. He was the Leading Chief Petty Officer of Combat Firecontrol (CF) division from October 2001 until July of 2004.
Reporting to Great Lakes, IL in 2004, Chief Petty Officer Reynolds took over as the Leading Chief Petty Officer of the staff instructors at Technical Core school. At Tech Core, he oversaw 60 instructors who taught Sailors in the Advanced Electronics Computer Field (AECF) course of instruction.
Thomas was selected to Chief Warrant Officer Two in March, 2006 and was commissioned in December 2006. After schooling, he reported to USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and then to USS Vicksburg (CG 69) for initial Sea Tours. On both ships, he performed the role of Systems Test Officer, wherein he oversaw the training and maintenance of personnel and equipment for the AEGIS Combat System. Chief Warrant Officer Reynolds also served a sea tour on USS MILIUS. He was the Systems Test Officer on MILIUS as well. As a Chief Warrant Officer, he also served an additional tour in Great Lakes at the Training Support Command (TSC).
Chief Warrant Officer Reynolds is entitled to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Joint Services Achievement Medal (one award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and various unit and campaign awards.