PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center announced Dec. 11, the selection of Val Williams as the Civilian of the Year for 2017.
Williams, a former Navy Illustrator/Draftsman and 30-year civil service veteran, received the award for her outstanding performance as a graphic illustrator for the Navy Advancement Center (NAC).
"I would like to say thank you and what a great honor it is was to be nominated, let alone selected for NETPDC Civilian of the Year. The other nominees are highly talented individuals and contribute greatly to our mission," said Williams. "This recognition is definitely the highlight of my civil service career and one that I will never forget. Although this award was given to me, I want to point out that most projects are team efforts and involve the talent of several other co-workers before and after I design the graphics."
With Williams' selection as civilian of the year (COY), her career at the Navy Advancement Center has now come full circle. In 1979, she joined the Navy and eventually was stationed at Saufley as an Illustrator Draftsman, in the same graphics area where she currently works.
"In those days, instead of computers, we used pen and ink on drafting tables to create exam art. Whether it is a Facebook banner, a webpage for My Navy Portal or a presentation, I'll always remember what it was like to be a Sailor and keep the fleet foremost on every project," she said. "It's been very rewarding to have worked for the Navy most of my life and I take great pride in the fact that I can still give back to the Fleet with my graphics."
At the award ceremony, NETPDC Commanding Officer, Capt. Kertreck Brooks said he is constantly reminded of the immense talent and dedication the civilian professionals at NETPDC bring to the Navy on a daily basis.
"Ms. Williams is a direct example of our civilian personnel understanding the team process and going the extra mile to ensure the job gets done," said Brooks. "Her contributions to the NAC Facebook page were directly responsible for the site surpassing 210,000 likes and maintaining its status as one of the Navy's most popular and informative social media pages."
Cmdr. Doug Johnson, Director of the Navy Advancement Center, said that Williams is a critical member of his team, and he is not surprised that she was selected as COY.
"Her extraordinary work ensures Sailors around the fleet have every opportunity to advance in an extremely competitive environment," said Johnson. "Our NAC team members truly believe in what they are doing and understand that their mission is taking care of Sailors. Val's prior military experience gives her a unique insight into the process."
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