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Retired Navy Master Chief, Will Wilson a 32 year Navy Veteran & below knee amputee. Member of Team USA 2017 Invictus Games. Climbed 2 of the 7 Summits, Denali Alaska and Kilimanjaro Africa. Will now focuses on working with disabled veterans and is a sponsored motivational speaker.
Originally from the sunny beaches in Southern California and entering the Navy at the age of 17, Master Chief Will Wilson has thoroughly navigated the oceans and waterways of life. Now a distinguished 32 year Navy veteran, Master Chief Wilson, an explosives and fire arms specialist continues to motivate where all true leaders do, from the front!
While on active duty, In addition to his primary duties, Master Chief Wilson held numerous qualifications and certifications: Certified Naval Courier for Classified Documents and Special Weapons, Small Arms and Marksmanship Instructor, Naval Aircrewman, Senior Enlisted Advisor and Lead Instructor for the Navy’s Ordnance Officer Training School, Pensacola Florida and an Instructor and ”Sailor of the Year” for the Navy’s elite Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape or S.E.R.E School located in Rangely Maine.
Additionally, he holds qualifications as a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer through the highly rated Cooper Institute in Dallas Texas, an Instructor for the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and is a Certified Open Water SCUBA Diver. Master Chief Wilson is a Graduate of Excelsior College in New York and served as the Navy’s first Head Coach and Program Manager for the Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor Adaptive Athletics Program out of the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
He has honorably served aboard the following Navy ships: U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-60), U.S.S. John C. Stennis (CVN-74), U.S.S. George Washington (CVN-73),
U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65) and the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy (CV-67).
In May 2003 at the 26 year mark in his career and just preceding his fifth wartime deployment, Master Chief Wilson was seriously injured while serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65). As a direct result of the accident, he suffered multiple fractures to both legs and neck. Due to serious nature the damage to his right leg and after multiple reconstructive surgeries, while on active duty, Master Chief Wilson chose to undergo a below the knee amputation in December 2007.
As Deputy Director of the CWVC, Master Chief Wilson served as an instrumental liaison between the United States Army Special Forces and the Science Cadre at the Florida Keys, ”Mote Research Laboratory” in a combined effort to help reestablish the diminishing Staghorn Coral reef in the Florida Keys and Key West.
Determined and driven to excel, Master Chief Wilson didn’t even come close to stopping there and was selected to represent the United States of America as a member of Team USA for the 2017 Invictus Games, held in Toronto Canada and hosted by His Royal Highness Prince Harry.
At the age of 58 and one of the oldest competitors from all 18 nations at Invictus.
Master Chief Wilson now enjoys a wide variety of hunting, fishing and climbing near his home in Tennessee where he resides with his wife and family.