Lieutenant William Satre, Plymouth native and 2012 Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, works as a Navy submarine officer serving aboard USS Chicago, a nuclear-powered submarine homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
As a Navy submarine officer, Satre is responsible for working with reactor laboratories division to ensure that the submarine meets all of congress’ requirements with regards to disposal of radiological material.
Jobs are highly varied aboard the submarine. Approximately 130 sailors make up the submarine’s crew, doing everything from handling weapons to maintaining nuclear reactors.
Because of the demanding environment aboard submarines, personnel are accepted only after rigorous testing and observation. Submariners are some of the most highly trained and skilled people in the Navy. Regardless of their specialty, everyone has to learn how everything on the ship works and how to respond in emergencies to become “qualified in submarines” and earn the right to wear the coveted gold or silver dolphins on their uniform.
Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Satre is most proud of graduating from power school.
“Graduation from power school took months of studying and ensured I would be able to continue the naval career I had volunteered to enter,” said Satre.
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Satre, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Satre is honored to carry on that family tradition.
“My grandfather served in Korea and instilled a strong sense of service in me,” said Satre.