William Marriott was born into Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Fla., during his father’s service as a Navy helicopter instructor pilot. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in 1979, he enjoyed a 26-year career as a Naval Aviator.
After graduation from the Academy, he attended ight training in Pensacola,Fla., and Corpus Christi, Texas, and was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1980. After training in the P-3 Orion, he joined the Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16) “War Eagles” where he became an Instructor Pilot and deployed to Bermuda, the Philippines, Spain and Iceland. His other operational tours include: Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean/CTF-67 in Naples, Italy, with the Patrol Squadron FIVE“Mad Foxes” as the Maintenance O cer and Senior Instructor Pilot deployingin support of Operation DESERT STORM and also deploying to Rota, Spain,and Ke avik, Iceland; Commanding O cer of Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN where he led them on a multi-site deployment to Puerto Rico, Panama, and Iceland; and Commander ofPatrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN at Whidbey Island, Wash. In April 2001, he led Wing TEN through an international crisis when 24 members of one of his aircrews were detained in China after a mid-aircollision with a Chinese ghter aircraft.
Marriott’s sta tours include: Safety and Flight Standardization O cer for Patrol Wing ELEVEN; Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Personnel for Selection Board Matters; Senior Aide-de-Camp to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Sta , Gen. John Shalikashvili; Federal Executive Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy assigned as Sta Director for a bipartisan commission headed by Dick Cheney and Richard Perle; Armed Forces Sta College in Norfolk, Va.; another tour in the Pentagon as a Congressional Analyst for the Secretary of the Navy in the O ce of Program Appraisal; Chief of Naval Operations Fellow in the Strategic Studies Group at Newport, R.I.; another tour in the Pentagon as the Executive O cer to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller); andthe Executive Secretary for the Department of Defense in direct support of Secretaries of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates.
Marriott retired from active duty in 2005. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in July 2005 and served as the Executive Secretary for DoD until departing for the U.S. Army Materiel Command in2009. He served as the Deputy Chief of Sta for Personnel and G-1. He reported to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command as the Deputy to the Commanding General in 2015. He served as the ExecutiveDirector of AMCOM from February to June 2019.
His awards include the Presidential Rank Award – Meritorious; Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service; Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award; Superior Civilian Service Medal; Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit (with one star); Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Meritorious Service Medal (with two stars); Navy Commendation Medal (with four stars); andnumerous campaign, operational and honorary ribbons.