By CWO2 Morio Hall, Food Service Officer,
USS America (LHA 6)
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Chief Warrant Officer Five (CWO5) Alicia Lawrence
On July 26, 2018, onboard USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, Chief Warrant Officer Five (CWO5) Alicia Lawrence was introduced and welcomed as the senior warrant officer of the Navy (SWON). She assumed the prestigious title and all responsibilities from CWO5 Anthony Diaz. Lawrence is the seventh SWON since the position was created in 2004 and the first female to hold the position. She is also one of 83 CWO5s currently serving in the Navy, a major milestone achievement.
Her 32 years of leadership and professional competence have fostered solid foundations for long-term success in the food service community. She currently serves as the Navy food service training officer at NAVSUP Headquarters. She is sought out by many Sailors and senior leaders Navywide, and recognized for her versatility and expertise in naval service. She is a gifted leader, making a positive impact far reaching across all ranks.
Lawrence is a native of Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies. She and her family migrated to New Jersey in 1976, where she later joined the Navy in 1986. Focused and determined early in her career, in 1987 she graduated from Mess Management Specialists “A” School with honors as a third class petty officer. She successfully served in various sea and shore billets before promoting to chief petty officer. While serving as Chairman on Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2000, she received her commission to chief warrant officer and attended Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia.
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CWO5 Alicia A. Lawrence turnover
as SWON from CWO5 Anthony Diaz
during his retirement ceremony.
–photo by CWO5 Theresa Payne
She quickly became an advocate for Navy food service, providing insight and guidance throughout the community. Her first tour as a commissioned officer was aboard USS Frank Cable (AS 40) from 2000 to 2002, serving as food service officer and command sexual assault victim coordinator. She also earned her Surface Warfare Supply Corps Qualification. She later served at Naval Station Norfolk as billeting officer and site director from 2002 to 2004. She was then promoted to CWO3 and served onboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) from 2004 to 2008 as food service officer and postal officer, where she promoted to CWO4. She served as supply officer Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek and Fort Story from 2009 to 2011. While serving at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland from 2011 to 2013 as the N9 deputy director for fleet and family readiness programs, she was promoted to the rank of CWO5 in 2012, as the first female CWO5 and the first female food service officer aboard NAS Patuxent River. From 2011 to 2016, Lawrence served as Navy food service readiness and training officer at NAVSUP Headquarters. Lawrence was reassigned to NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) as the Navy food service training and readiness officer from 2016 to 2018. After the disestablishment of NAVSUP GLS, she was reassigned to NAVSUP Headquarters as the Navy food service department training officer.