Vinson Sailor Receives ‘Rising Star’ Award

Story Number: NNS070828-14Release Date: 8/28/2007 1:34:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joel Carlson, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- A USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailor was chosen to receive the National Women of Color in Technology award from Women of Color magazine, scheduled to be presented Nov. 2, in Atlanta, Ga.

Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class (SW/AW) Regina Frazier, Intelligence Department leading petty officer, was selected for the award after receiving an endorsement directly from Carl Vinson Commanding Officer, Capt. Ted Carter.

"Petty Officer Frazier was selected from a crew of more than 2,300 Sailors, and has my strongest possible endorsement for this award," said Carter. "Her mentorship, genuine care, and concern for subordinates have resulted in literally hundreds of well-trained technicians and leaders who will carry on her legacy for years in the future."

The Women of Color in Technology award provides recognition to minority women who have stood out in technology-based careers.

Frazier was chosen as a "Rising Star," a title specifically designed for women who are early in their careers, and have already exhibited outstanding work skills in their job areas.

"Being chosen for this award is definitely one of the most significant milestones in my career," said Frazier, whose heritage stems from both Asia and Europe. "Recognition from not only the Navy, but also from a civilian organization shows me that hard work can really pay off on many different levels."

"I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to represent our ship and our crew," Frazier said. "This award is not just about me. It represents all of the work contributed to the ship's success by my shipmates and my chain of command."

Frazier's award is slated to be presented during the 12th Annual National Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Conference. The three-day seminar in Atlanta is scheduled to host a number of events for the recipients of the awards; including various educational seminars, workshops, luncheons, career fairs and entertainment events.

"Hopefully I can come back from the retreat with some new knowledge to share with my colleagues," said Frazier. "I also want my nomination to be a reflection of the outstanding crew members who I have the honor of working beside every day."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.

During RCOH, Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

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