September Power in Partnership Breakfast will feature Paducah native

Published Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s September 1 Power in Partnership Breakfast will feature U.S. Navy Commander Billie J. (Matlock) Farrell, a Paducah native and the first woman to command the USS Constitution, a 224-year-old warship known as Old Ironsides, and its 80-person crew. The breakfast is sponsored by Whitlow Roberts Houston and Straub. 

The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. Pre-registration is required by Monday, August 29 by 2 p.m. at or call 270-443-1746. Power Card holders do not have to pre-register. The cost is $20.  

The program will also feature the Annual Membership Campaign Kick-off and the Chamber will recognize the 2022 Small Business Cohort members. 

Commander Farrell is USS Constitution's 77th Commanding Officer. She attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She was awarded her Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas in 2009. 

Commander Farrell has been deployed three times and served overseas on other assignments. She most recently served as the executive officer aboard USS Vicksburg, a guided missile cruiser. 

Commander Farrell’s awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and three Meritorious Unit Commendation Medals.

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