Senior Chief Musician Scott A. Helwig, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, enlisted in the United States Navy in January of 1999 and attended Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Illinois. Upon graduation of Recruit Training, he attended Musician “A” School in Norfolk, Virginia and later reported to the U.S. Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, Virginia where he served as a percussion Instrumentalist..
In January of 2003, Senior Chief Helwig reported to Navy Band Great Lakes in Great Lakes, Illinois and served as a percussion instrumentalist and Petty Officer in Charge of the Popular Music Group “Horizon”. In January of 2007, he returned to the Naval School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and completed both the Sound Reinforcement and Unit Leader courses. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, serving as the band’s Leading Petty Officer before being promoted to Chief Petty Officer.
His next tour duty took him to the Senior Musician Course at the Naval School of Music where he was selected as the honor graduate and received multiple instructor qualifications. He then transferred to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band. His duties included Operations Coordinator, Ceremonial Band conductor, Drum Major, and Chief Petty Officer in Charge (CPOIC) of the 2011 Pacific Partnership Band detachment aboard the USS Cleveland (LPD 7).
Senior Chief Helwig returned to the Naval School of Music in August 2013 to serve as an Advance Academics and Percussion instructor and was soon promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Two years later, he transferred to the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band in Naples, Italy serving as the band’s Leading Chief Petty Officer and CPOIC of numerous ensembles touring throughout Europe and Africa, as well as leading a detachment aboard the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20). In October of 2017, Senior Chief Helwig reported to the U.S. Fleet Forces Band for duty as the as the band’s Leading Chief Petty Officer, Command Career Counselor, and Command Fitness Leader.
Currently stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, Senior Chief Helwig is serving as the Assistant Director and Senior Enlisted Leader for the 7th Fleet Band. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (208 “Gray”) and his personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (7 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and numerous unit and campaign decorations.