COLTS NECK, N.J. - United States Navel Weapon Station Earle's Captain Fuller visits the Colts Neck Business Association (CNBA) January meeting. CNBA kicked off the new year with a discussion about a powerful and protective neighbor; Naval Weapons Station Earle. For those who fancy themselves as history buffs, you may know that 90% of ordnance used during the D-Day invasion came from this installation. That is why the federal road and railway system between the the two facilities is to this day called Normandy Road.
The CNBA's special guest speaker was Earle's Commanding Officer; Captain Pierre Fuller. He was in attendance to tell CNBA members and guests about Earle and a little about his background.
The newly elected CNBA President Glen Dalakian commented, “I’m excited about the great attendance for CNBA’s first meeting of 2018, and it’s an honor to have Captain Pierre Fuller, as our first guest speaker of the new year.”
- For over 75 years, Naval Weapons Station Earle has been a fixture in Colts Neck, and it is Fuller's goal to maintain and enrich the relationships Earle has with its community.
- Capt. Fuller talked about his previous assignments, specifically focusing on his previous assignment to NWS Earle aboard the U.S.S. Arctic between 1998-2000.
- One key point Fuller focused on was the installations impact on our local community, noting that the base employs more than 1,000 people, who all eat, shop and live in and around the local community. A recent report (which you can find on the Earle website) noted that economic impact to the surrounding area, to include Colts Neck, is more than $120 million annually. The U.S. Navy contributes more than $2 billion annually to the NJ Economy.
- Captain Fuller also briefly talked about how the mission of NWS Earle has not changed since her commissioning in 1943. Then, the installation was built over the course of a year to support the land invasion of Europe during the second world war. Today, NWS Earle provides all the ordnance used by the U.S. Navy Atlantic Carrier Fleet and Marine Expeditionary Forces.
-To that end, Capt. Fuller wanted to invite the attendees to help us get the word out about our 75th Anniversary celebration, which is scheduled for Friday, June 8. A full day of events is being planned beginning with a morning ceremony. More information will be coming about that event soon. When Captain Fuller was thanked for his service he responded; "It's a blessing and an honor, what we do today is protect our freedom."
Naval Weapons Station Earle
CAPT Pierre A. Fuller
Commanding Officer, NWS Earle
Captain Pierre A. Fuller is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. In 1980, he graduated high school from Greenwood, Arkansas. He enlisted in the Navy on 23 May 1980. His first assignment was USS CAYUGA (LST 1186), home-ported in San Diego, California, as a Fireman Apprentice Electrician.
In January 1983, EM2 Fuller was transferred and attended Second Class Salvage Diver School in Coronado, California. In June 1983, he was assigned to USS YOSEMITE (AD19), Mayport, Florida, as a member of the dive locker. In 1984, he attended First Class Dive School in Panama City, Florida, for a follow-on tour at SIMA, Mayport.
In January 1987, EM1 Fuller was transferred to USS FLORIKAN (ARS 9), Hawaii, where he was assigned as Lead Electrician and Acting Master Diver. In 1988, marked a major milestone were he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
In March 1990, he was commissioned as Ensign through the Limited Duty Officer Program and was assigned to USS ORTOLAN (ASR 22), Charleston, SC, as the Damage Control Assistant and Main Propulsion Assistant. From 1993 until 1995, he was Engineer Officer of USS GRASP (ARS 51). His next tour was to Afloat Training Group where he had the opportunity of working/training/interacting with many sailors. Following this tour from August 1998 to October 2000, LCDR Fuller served on board USS ARCTIC (AOE8) as Engineering Officer. Upon completion of this tour, he was assigned to the Propulsion Examining Board, followed by a short tour at the Board of INSURV. He then transferred to USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), where he served as Engineer Officer. During his various afloat assignments, he sailed to the Mediterranean, Western Pacific, South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, and the Caribbean.
In July 2005 Commander Fuller assumed the duties as Officer in Charge of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, detachment Everett, Washington. From June 2007 until October 2009, he worked for Commander Expeditionary Strike Group SEVEN/Command Task Force 76 as N43 and N7 in Sasebo, Japan. Upon completion of this tour in Sasebo, Japan, CDR Fuller received orders as the Commanding Officer of Regional Support Organization, Pacific Northwest. In June 2011, CDR Fuller completed a highly successful tour in the PACNORWEST and completed his tour as Executive Officer, SERMC in Mayport, Florida. Captain Fuller assumed command of Naval Weapons Station Earle in April, 2017.
Captain Fuller graduated from Liberty University in 2005 receiving a Bachelor of Science in Theology and continued his education, receiving a Master’s Degree in Business Management in 2008. He received his Joint Professional Military Education through Air Force Air Command and Staff College in 2009.
Captain Fuller has been awarded five Meritorious Service Medals, six Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various other unit and service awards.
For more information about Earle Naval Base visit http://www.cnic.navy.mil