Newport Shipyard Personality: Bill Osman

After two tours of duty in Vietnam and serving in the US Navy for 32 years, Bill Osman and his wife Claire-Marie settled down in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. A father to four children and a grandfather to six, it seems Bill considers the people around Newport Shipyard part of his extended family as well. "I have been working at Newport Shipyard since I started with Blackstone Valley Security three years ago. They guarantee me work here at the Shipyard, which is why I have stayed on with (Blackstone Valley)", he said.

A native of Oswego, New York, Bill retired from the Navy as a Master Chief and during his time in Vietman was awarded with two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. Ironically, Claire-Marie's Dad, Bob Finn, worked at Newport Shipyard many years ago and is remembered by several Shipyard veterans, including Patti Fullerton.

Thank you, Bill, for the great job you do keeping everything in line at the front gate. We love your terrific work ethic and ability to keep your sense of humor during what can sometimes be chaotic circumstances. We also thank you for serving our country - you have earned our respect and admiration!

Veronica Brown