PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The Association of Aviation Ordnancemen (AAO) has nominated USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW/SW) Paul DeIulio to receive the 2006 John W. Finn Aviation Ordnanceman of the Year Award.
The award is named after the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient and recognizes outstanding professionalism in the aviation ordnance field. Each command nominates one Sailor they feel is outstanding in the field.
"It's a personal accomplishment," said DeIulio. "It's a real honor just to be nominated. Many people are selected every year, and to be selected is a big honor."
In 2002, DeIulio reported aboard Truman. He has seen the ship through two deployments including operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
DeIulio is the leading petty officer of Ordnance Control Division, which oversees quality assurance and overall magazine readiness. DeIulio is also the department physical readiness test coordinator.
"He is an outstanding leader," said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) John Barfield. "The people that work for him feel they can talk to him about anything. If his guys want to buy a car, they talk to him. If they want to get married, they talk to him."
After completing basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., the Long Island, N.Y., native went on to AO "A" school in Millington, Tenn. Graduating third in his class, he then reported to his first command with Fleet Composite Squadron (VC) 6, Patuxent River, Md. DeIulio served aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) for a brief time before leaving the carrier for Fighter Squadron (VF) 101.
"[DeIulio] always accomplishes the command's mission no matter the circumstance," said Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) Al Grant, Weapons Department's leading chief petty officer.
"A Sailor like DeIulio is important to our command," said Barfield. "He always has a positive attitude, and you won't find one person that has worked for him and didn't enjoy it. He is one of those guys that just motivates everyone around them. I think he has an excellent chance to win the award in July."
DeIulio plans on attending the annual AAO convention in Reno, Nev. During the convention, a selection board is held to determine the AO of the year. All of the AOs selected from each command and region are judged by a board of retired limited duty officers and chiefs based on their accomplishments at their commands.
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