Shiocton native makes Chief Petty Officer

Chief Navy Counselor Kristy Lyn Pigott was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, July 29, 1978. She lived in Shiocton area most of her life and graduated from Shiocton High School in May, 1996. She left for boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes on February 28, 2000, where she enlisted as a Seaman Recruit with a guarantee homeport to Mayport, Florida. After completion of Seaman Apprenticeship training, she reported to the USS O’Bannon DD-987. Onboard the USS O’Bannon, she completed one deployment to South America assisting with counter drug operations.
In May, 2002, she transferred to Naval Station Mayport where she worked at building one and Mayport Harbor Operations until October 2003. During the next few months, she moved her family back to Shiocton, Wisconsin where she joined the Navy Recruiting District. Minneapolis recruiting team until the end of her enlistment. She enlisted into the Naval Reserves in April 2004 and was selected to be Canvasser Recruiter with Navy Recruiting District Minneapolis in June of 2005. During this time Navy Recruiting District Minneapolis and Navy Recruiting District Chicago realigned where she was transferred over to Navy Recruiting District Chicago. She was with Navy Recruiting District Chicago until October 2012, then attended the Career Recruiting Force Academy in Pensacola, Florida. In December 2012 she reported to Career Recruiting Force Denver as a Leading Petty Officer for The Navy Recruiting Station, Aurora until October 2013, then moved to HQ to Navy Officer Programs where she was selected for Chief Petty Officer on the 16th September 2017.
She is married to Tim Pigott and has 6 children and a stepdaughter. Oldest daughter is Khailee, 15, daughter Khiara, 14, daughter Karley, 11, daughter Kinleigh, 7, daughter Ayeleigh, 5, son Tucker, 4 and step daughter Sheyenne, 20.
Pigott said, “I followed my grandfather as he was also in the Navy. As for why I made it a career, I had 2 little girls that needed me when I completed my first tour. I decided to get out and be a stay at home mommy and go to school. After a few months of being away from active duty, I found that I really missed it. I was offered a full-time support recruiting opportunity and accepted it. It has been a great career move for me and my family. The Navy has provided so much for my family and I will truly miss it when my time is complete.”
Chief Petty Officer is an E-7 in the Navy. Pigott said, “Many people try their whole career to make it this far. It just took me 17 years to make it as most will retire as E-6. Three percent of the military make it to E-7 and above.
Chief Petty Officer Pigott has orders to the Navy Recruiting district in Minneapolis transferring the summer of 2018.
Pigott’s parents are very proud of her, they are Gary and Diane Shepard of Shiocton.
1113-shio-Kristy copy Chief Petty Officer Kristy Pigott. – Submitted photo
1113-haze with Kristy copy Chief Petty Officer Kristy Pigott right, with her grandfather, veteran Haze Diemel of Shiocton, who served from 1955-57 as a Yeoman Seaman.
– Submitted photo