U.S.S. Constitution commander speaks at Power in Partnership breakfast in Paducah

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – A Paducah native spoke at the Power in Partnership breakfast the Paducah Chamber of Commerce held on Thursday.

Commander Billie J. Matlock Farrell is the 77th person to command the U.S.S. Constitution and one of the first women.

“Ole Ironsides” is the nickname for the 224-year-old warship.

“Today was so exciting to get to have someone from Paducah that has gone on to do great things with the United States Navy, and is now the commander for the U.S.S. Constitution,” said Sandra Wilson, President of the Paducah Chamber of Commerce.

The Power in Partnership breakfast is an event held by the Chamber of Commerce to let the community hear speakers they may not get to hear or see very often.

“We look for opportunities that people would want to hear and to honor some of our local citizens as well,” Wilson said.

Commander Farrell spoke about her hometown and the hard work she put into reaching her goals.

“I’m definitely glad I pushed through it,” she said. “I tell the young kids a lot of times, the most rewarding jobs have been the most challenging, where I learned something about myself, that I didn’t know or found something within me that I didn’t know was there, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

It is inspiration for women and young children to be able to reach their dreams and knowing what their future looks like.

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