Capt. Bruce P. Butterfield
SHIP MASTER OS3
USNS KAWISHIWI T-AO-146
1990 - 1992
Crew member, Lia Spilmon ET1 remembers Mr.
Butterfield. "Kawishiwi had a lot of
ships masters while I was on board. The MSC tour is every 6 months.
Some would talk directly to us and some would only talk to the OS's on
the bridge, the Signal watch, the messenger watch, and the Lieutenant.
Most of them if they had problems with the equipment would go to the
OIC or the Radio watch."
An Operational Specialist
(OS) rate is
comprised of four major components:
Communications, 2. Command
3. Search &
Butterfield began his sailing career as a third mate with MSC
upon graduation from the California
in 1970. He became an original "Taluga
Tiger" when he sailed as one
of the first third mates aboard USNS Taluga in 1972 when she became the
underway replenishment ship turned over by the U.S. Navy for civil
Butterfield earned his first master's job at age 32 aboard USNS
Chattahoochee in 1981. He then returned to Taluga as master in 1982.
captain has since done multiple tours as master aboard various ships,
USNS Observation Island, USNS Dutton, USNS Passumpsic, USNS Silas Bent,
Chauvenet, USNS Kilauea, USNS Kawishiwi, USNS Walter S. Diehl, USNS
T.S. Golden Bear, USNS San
USNS Flint, USNS Mercy and, most recently, USNS Bridge.
recognition from the Secretary of the Navy for his efforts in
the evacuation of Saigon in 1975 and continued that superior
through more than 100 long days at sea at the Indian
"Gonzo Station" during the Libyan and Iranian hostage crises. He
the coast of Africa during the Somalia
crises, participated in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield and
recently in Operations Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch and Iraqi
supporting our U.S.
policies overseas, Capt.
Butterfield also served as the MSC Pacific port captain in 1994,
in the first MSC infrastructure group that was the forerunner of MSC's
transformation efforts today.
"Stay up on
high moral ground in your life aboard ship,"
said the captain. "Don't
be afraid to do the right thing for the ship."