Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard announces Sailors of Year

(Via Ho’okele News)

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard has announced its 2013 Sailor of the Year and Junior Sailor of the Year.

Navy Diver 1st Class (DSW/EXW) Adrian McPherson is the shipyard’s 2013 Sailor of the Year (SOY). The code 760 unlimited diving supervisor and intermediate maintenance facility (IMF) and material management coordinator (3MC), was chosen from a field of 178 shipyard Sailors for the annual honor.

“It’s a great honor to be named SOY, but I didn’t get here by myself,” McPherson said. “This award is also for the guys who helped me out and contributed to a successful program.”

McPherson is directly responsible for the execution of inspections, troubleshooting and repairs of the 36 homeported ships and submarines here as well as transient vessels that stop at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“He is a well-respected petty officer who leads, supervises and provides daily counseling and mentorship to our Sailors,” said Senior Chief Navy Diver Christopher Pederson, code 760 leading chief petty officer (LCPO).

“He leads a cohesive workforce capable of completing any task assigned. His dedication to this command and the U.S. Navy are demonstrated daily and are worthy of his selection as the shipyard’s SOY.”

Navy Diver 2nd Class (DSW/EXW) Jarrette Neal is the shipyard’s 2013 Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY). The code 760 work center supervisor (WCS) competed with 178 Sailors to win the coveted honor.

“I think it’s a great way to bring recognition of my and the dive lockers exceptional performance to the attention of the shipyard,” Neal said.

As a WSC, Neal performs husbandry or repair dives on the 36 ships and submarines homeported here and transient and foreign vessels that pass through Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

In preparation for the diving operation readiness assessment (DORA), an inspection conducted once every three years by Naval Sea Systems Command on diving equipment, practices, administrative organization and maintenance, Neal ensured the DLSS was upto-speed for the inspection, resulting in an “outstanding” rating for the unit.

“Neal has shown the ability to fulfill his challenging primary duties as a Navy diver while balancing the responsibilities of a WCS,” said Senior Chief Navy Diver Christopher Pederson, code 760 leading chief petty officer.

“The managerial and organizational skills he displayed as team one’s WCS enabled the team to conduct continuous diving operations with zero missed days of production and are directly responsible for (the unit) receiving an ‘outstanding’ in the recent DORA.”

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