Editor's note: This is the second of two parts.
In January 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Chad Robert Lyman transferred to The Basic School in Quantico, Va. for training. On Feb. 1, 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Lyman was promoted to Warrant Officer. Upon graduation of The Basic School, Warrant Officer Lyman was transferred to Airfield Operations Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.
Highlight: Warrant Officer Lyman was pinned by his wife, Heather (Newell), whom he married in 1999; and Great Uncle John Joy at the Marine Corps Museum. John Joy was a Korean war veteran, and the inspiration for Chief Warrant Officer Lyman to join the Corps.
Lyman receives a welcome home from his children. Below, he suits up for the ice.
While serving as the Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) Officer-In-Charge, Warrant Officer Lyman was the first METOC Officer to lead the transfer of Weather Services from the Marine Support Squadrons to the Marine Air Control Squadrons. Warrant Officer Lyman was now a member of Marine Air Traffic Control Detachment Bravo, Marine Air Control Squadron 2, aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. From February 2011 to September 2011, Warrant Officer Lyman deployed to Camp Bastion and Camp Dwyer Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed to Afghanistan, Warrant Officer Lyman was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer-2, in August of 2011.
Over Chief Warrant Officer Lyman's career, has taken courses at several colleges and universities. In 2011, Chief Warrant Officer Lyman fulfilled the promise he made to his mother prior to enlisting and earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Trident University International.
Chief Warrant Officer Lyman is currently in transition from New River, N.C. to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where he will serve as the METOC Officer-In-Charge.
Chief Warrant Officer Lyman has been married to his wife Heather (Newell) Lyman since June of 1999. Heather is a former Marine and daughter of a retired United States Navy Senior Chief. Chief Warrant Officer Lyman and his wife have a 13-year-old son named Dylan and a 9-year-old daughter name Jordyn.
Highlight: Heather has pinned on every rank CWO2 Lyman has earned from Corporal to Warrant Officer. She was unable to pin CWO2 Lyman to his current rank because he was forward deployed to Afghanistan.
In addition to Chief Warrant Officer Lyman's military service, he has volunteered as a youth baseball and football coach, volunteered for various school programs and supported the Special Olympics. Chief Warrant Officer Lyman was also a member of the Camp Lejeune Ice Hockey Team during the 2011-2012 seasons.
Chief Warrant Officer Lyman's awards and achievements include the following:
(4) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Unit Citation
Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Unit Citation
(4) Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 bronze stars
Iraqi Campaign Medal with 1 bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
(3) Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan
(5) Certificate of Commendation
(2) Certificate of Appreciation
Chief Warrant Officer Chad Robert Lyman. What an honor to give part of this man's continuing military career story. During the interview, all he wanted to talk about was his family and the area he grew up in. So far, this Marine has done everything right. In the Corps, we would call him "squared away." He's been there, done that! Looking at this young man's achievements, one can see that he wasn't given a thing - he earned every promotion, every new career advancement. He is an honorable Marine and a good family man, being there for his wife and children whenever he can.
Everyone knows I love doing stories on Marines, being one myself. It's easy for me to understand parts of Lyman's story since I've been to several of the bases where he found himself stationed. On a vacation I took with my wife and Bob and Marcia Henderson, we even visited some of the Marine bases where Bob and I served. Those memories stay with you.
Here in Chautauqua County, we live in an area rich with military history. Every war, every station, every military service branch - we've been there. Chief Warrant Officer Chad Lyman has had an amazing career to this point, but he's not done. To achieve the rank of Sergeant is quite an honor and to also receive the rank of Staff and Gunnery are incredible. We wish Chief Warrant Officer Lyman the best of luck as he continues his service to our great country. We thank him for serving and for his sacrifice of being away from his family and putting himself in unknown and possibly dangerous situations for the protection and security of the United States.
We as a nation can go to sleep tonight knowing that we have servicemen like C.W.O. Lyman walking guard duty. Semper Fi, Chad.