Nominations Sought for Capt. Joy Bright Hancock Leadership Award

Story Number: NNS070426-17Release Date: 4/26/2007 5:11:00 PM
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By Chief of Naval Personnel Diversity Directorate

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Sea Service Leadership Association (SSLA), in conjunction with the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), is seeking nominations for its "Capt. Joy Bright Hancock (JBH) Leadership Award" until May 18.

The JBH leadership awards honor the visionary leadership of a naval officer whose ideals and dedication led to the integration of women into the regular Navy.

The award is given annually to one senior Navy or U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) officer, O-5 through O-4; one junior Navy or USMC officer, O-3 and below; and one senior enlisted, Navy pay grades E-9 through E-7, or USMC pay grades E-9 through E-6, who have shown exceptional leadership over time and have persevered to overcome challenges while serving.

Nominees should also have shown inspirational, innovative and imaginative leadership demonstrated by example, both on and off duty.

"Women are fully integrated into operations across the spectrum of the Navy in most areas. They have made significant contributions throughout the fleet at all levels of responsibility and rank," said Lt. Stephanie Miller, Chief of Naval Personnel Diversity Directorate. "The Capt. Joy Bright Hancock Award salutes the accomplishments of key individuals who help to improve the quality of life for all women in the sea-going services."

SSLA will present the awards June 26-27 at the 20th Annual National Professional Development Symposium in Washington. Award winners and their commanding officers will be notified by June 4. Commands may provide funded orders (if available) to cover expenses incident to conference attendance, including transportation, per diem, and registration fees. Award nominations are to be submitted by regular mail, express mail, or overnight delivery by 5 p.m. May 18, and must have the commanding officer's or the officer in charge's signed endorsement letter.

Further award criteria, nomination instructions, and sample nominations are available on the SSLA Web site at

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