Spotlight Sailor – LCDR William Monk
LCDR William Monk
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Lieutenant Commander, Selected Reserve
Reactor Inspector for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
LCDR Monk is qualified as Battle Watch Captain and Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare Watch Officer. Since joining the Navy Reserve he has supported major Anti-Submarine Warfare exercises in Italy and Japan.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
The Naval Reserves has allowed me to proudly serve in the military while being close to home to enjoy my family and the Atlanta community. My active duty time on a Trident Nuclear Submarine and the connections I made with other Reserve Officers opened the door to my civilian employment at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Now I have the honor to serve the public in two fashions: military defense and protection of civilian uses of nuclear power. I am only able to pull this off because my two employers understand one another and work with me to balance all the duties of being a Reactor Inspector, Submarine Warfare Reserve Officer, husband, and father of two boys.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
When I completed my active duty commitment, I was not ready to leave my Navy experience behind – I would miss the honor and camaraderie of being in the Navy! But I needed to move home for the betterment of my family. The Reserves provided me with a way to continue serving and be there for my family and community. It’s the best of both worlds!
In my Navy…
much has changed and continues to change. Despite this, one constant always has been a Sailors’ pride of serving the country and upholding the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.