2007 HENAAC Awarded to Carl Vinson Sailor

Story Number: NNS070829-08Release Date: 8/29/2007 1:38:00 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) officer was recognized Aug. 27 as the 2007 Luminary recipient by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC).

The award is scheduled to be formally presented to Lt. James Dyer, Carl Vinson's Chemistry Radiological Controls Assistant, on Oct. 11 in San Diego.

The mission of HENAAC is to recognize extraordinary achievements and contributions of the Hispanic community in the fields of engineering and science.

Dyer is being recognized for his work while serving aboard the aircraft carrier as a member of Reactor Department, and was nominated for the award by Carl Vinson's Commanding Officer, Capt. Ted Carter.

"Luminaries represent top Hispanic professionals in engineering, science, and technology," said Anna Park, HENAAC executive director. "Each Luminary is being recognized for his or her significant contributions to the Hispanic technical community."

Capt. Kevin Terry, Carl Vinson's reactor officer, said when the time came to make a nomination for this award, Dyer was a superb and well-deserving candidate.

"He is definitely a stand-out person who has met all criteria and performed very well on board Carl Vinson," said Terry. "The commanding officer and I were happy to give him our endorsement."

Dyer was described by Terry as very deserving of the award, due to his accomplishments aboard the ship.

"I have been the chemistry radiological assistant since I reported on board," said Dyer. "I reported to Carl Vinson in 2004. My division has supported the shipyard by analyzing steam generators during chemical cleaning, saving more than one million dollars during the ship's refueling complex overhaul 9RCOH) project."

For Dyer, the prestigious award places him in some good company with other accomplished engineers.

"There are some very intelligent, hard working engineers from all areas of the industry receiving this award," Dyer said. "I still find it hard to believe that I will be recognized and awarded alongside this group of individuals."

But for members of Dyer's chain of command, they assert the award is befitting of an officer who has accomplished so much while assigned to the ship.

"Dyer has proven himself to be an absolute asset to Carl Vinson's team," said Terry. "He is well deserving of this recognition."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled 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.

For more news from USS Carl Vinson, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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