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. K. Gautier, CAPT, U
Captain William K. Gautier graduated from the United States Naval Academy in june,
1967 and then reported as the Weapons Officer on USS CROCKETT QPG-881 for its initial
deployment to Vietnam. His next assignment was the USS HOEL QDDG-133 as First Lieu-
tenant and ASW Officer.
In 1970, Captain Gautier entered the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Cali-
fornia, where he received a Master of Science degree in Operations Research. He then com-
pleted Nuclear Power School before joining the USS TRUXTON QCGN-355 in 1973 for a
tour as Main Propulsion Assistant.
Captain Gautier reported to the Surface Warfare Officers School Command in 1976. At
the conclusion of this course, he was awarded the Admiral Arleigh Burke Award for leader-
lijollowing Department Head School, he was assigned as Commissioning Engineering
Officer of USS MISSISSIPPI QCGN-401 in Newport News, Virginia. He returned to Wash-
ington D.C. in 1980 and was assigned as Staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Naval Reactors,
Department of Energy.
Captain Gautier was subsequently assigned as Staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Naval
Reactors, Department of Energy.
Captain Gautier was subsequently assigned as Commanding Officer of USS ARTHUR W.
RADFORD QDD-9681 in Norfolk, Virginia. He returned to Washington D.C. in 1986 to serve
as the Surface Nuclear Power Placement Officer and Program Manager in the Naval Mili-
tary personnel Command.
Captain Gautier then served as Commanding Officer of USS TEXAS QCGN-395 from
August 1988 tojune 1991.
Captain Gautier has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal CGo1d Star in lieu of
Third Awardj, the Navy Commendation Medal CGold Star in lieu of Second Awardj and the
Navy Achievement Medal with Combat HV."
Captain Gautier is married to the former Margaret QMaggiej Milstead from Southern Cal-
fornia. They have one child,jake.
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