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Keyport and Seawolf sailors honored by Navy League

Captain David Kohnke, left, Marcus Perkins, Jonathan Panciera, Dennis Custodio, and Council Vice President for Outreach Erin Sorensen at the League ceremony.  - Contributed photo
Captain David Kohnke, left, Marcus Perkins, Jonathan Panciera, Dennis Custodio, and Council Vice President for Outreach Erin Sorensen at the League ceremony.
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The USS SEAWOLF (SSN 21) and Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Keyport 2013 Sailors of the Year (SOYs) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council July 8.

Each awardee was presented a soaring eagle statuette engraved with their names by Council Vice President for Outreach Erin Sorensen. Senior Navy leaders representing the two commands were present to honor their stand-out sailors for their hard work and individual efforts. Navy Captain David Kohnke, Commanding Officer, NUWC Division Keyport, was also the luncheon guest speaker.

The NUWC Division Keyport SOY is Yeoman First Class (Surface Warfare) Marcus Perkins. According to his citation, Perkins reinvigorated NUWC Division Keyport’s career development program by aggressively managing all career development boards, perform-to-serve quotas, and re-enlistments,  resulting  in  100 percent  command  retention.  During  a  recent  Defense  Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) Federal Organizational Climate Survey (FEOCS), his keen insight and communication skills contributed immensely to unit cohesion of over 1,500 military and civilian personnel. Additionally, he implemented a highly effective check-in and indoctrination process that was adopted by two other detachments.

The USS SEAWOLF (SSN 21) SOY was Electronics Technician First Class (Submarines) Jonathan  Panciera  from  Columbia,  MD.  According  to  his  citation,  his  solid  work  ethic, consistent “can-do” attitude, and relentless pursuit of excellence directly brought-about his selection as SEAWOLF’s 2013 SOY. He was also cited as one the most technically competent and driven sailors onboard, as well as displaying dynamic leadership, technical expertise, and close supervision  of  departmental  personnel. Panciera  was  credited  with  significant improvements in administration  record keeping, operational proficiency and overall performance.

 

 

the SOY program to recognize superior performance of petty officers with emphasis on outstanding achievements, exemplary personal conduct and military bearing, and demonstrated initiative in performance. The recognition program starts at the unit level (ship, shore command, aviation squadron, etc.). Each winner then competes at the next higher organizational level until one Navy-wide SOY is selected for each of four areas: Pacific Fleet, Atlantic Fleet, Reserve Force, and Shore Support Commands.

Founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt, the NLUS is a civilian organization supporting the US Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and U.S.-Flagged Merchant  Marine.  It  is  a  worldwide  organization  with  46,000  members  in  more  than  250 councils, including more than 700 corporate and community affiliate members.

 

 

Photo Caption: 2013 Sailors of the Year (SOYs) from USS SEAWOLF (SSN 21) and Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Keyport were recognized by the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a July 8th luncheon. Assembled left to right: Captain David Kohnke, Commanding Officer, NUWC Division Keyport; YN1(SW) Marcus Perkins, NUWC Division Keyport SOY; ET1(SS) Jonathan Panciera, USS SEAWOLF SOY; HMCS(SS) Dennis Custodio, representing USS SEAWOLF; and Council Vice President for Outreach, Erin Sorensen.

 

 

 

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