McCarthy, William

Graduation Year: 1972
Category: Special

Rear Admiral William McCarthy is a 1972 graduate of Bergen Catholic. A track star while at BC, Bill was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in 1977, one year after graduating from the College of the Holy Cross. He has spent the majority of his career flying the E-2C Hawkeye, and has participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His commands have included VAW-126. the Fast Combat Support Ship, USS Detroit (AOE 4), and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). A graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School, his shore duty assignments have included the Naval Air Test Center, the USNTPS facility and the Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters. He earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from Auburn University concurrently with his war college studies. Bill has flown over 30 different military aircraft accumulating over 4,000 flight hours and 700 arrested landings. Selected to flag rank in 2002, he reports to the Joint Staff as the Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center. Bill and his wife of more than 25 years, Sharon, are the proud parents of daughter Katie, a junior at the College of the Holy Cross.