Booneville graduate Christopher D. Boling has retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of service. A retirement ceremony was held on June 28 in Connecticut.

CSC(SS) Boling was born March 12, 1975 in Gridley, Calif. He attended Booneville High School in Booneville before joining the Navy in July of 1993.

Upon completion of Recruit Training, Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Culinary "A" school, he reported to the USS Trepang SSN 674 in Charleston, S.C.

In 1995 he reported to USS Philadelphia SSN 690 and received his qualifications in submarines. During this time he welcomed his son Adrian into his family.

In 1999 he married his lovely wife Christine and she has been the biggest supporter of his Navy career.

After a successful completion of his tour on the mighty Philly, he reported to the base galley where he quickly excelled to become one of the lead watch captains.

Looking for a more challenging duty, he volunteered to leave shore duty early and received orders to the USS Florida SSGN 728 Blue. This duty station was new and challenging, this is where Chief Boling was command advanced to Culinary Specialist First Class and they welcomed their son Jordan to the family. Split touring off the Florida to help out, CS1 Boling reported to the USS Nebraska SSBN739 Gold,

Upon making Chief Petty Officer he reported to Quality of Life Newport Rhode Island.

Choosing to yet again decide to cut short his shore duty to go train the men on a sea going vessel he reported to the USS Dallas SSN 700.

In 2010 he reported to USS Pittsburgh SSN 720 in Groton, Conn. for his final assignment as the Supply Department Enlisted Advisor. He was responsible for the Training, Certification and Management of the Supply Department.

Having completed over 20 years of dedicated and honorable service to the Navy and our country, the Boling family will reside in Griswold, Conn.

Awards and Insignia include Enlisted Submarine Breast Insignia, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Battle Efficiency "E" Ribbon (five awards), Good Conduct Medal (six awards), National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Expert Pistol Medal, Expert Rifle Medal, Navy Arctic Service Ribbon, Navy Sea Service Ribbon (seven awards).