Vinson Chief Wins Masters Division COMNAVAIRFOR Tennis Tournament

Story Number: NNS071002-09Release Date: 10/2/2007 2:59:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maja Dyson, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- A Sailor from USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Supply Department was recently announced as the Master's Division COMNAVAIRFOR Tennis Tournament 1st place winner.

Chief Storekeeper (SW) Arthur Allmond, Supply Department's refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) leading chief petty officer, received a call from Naval Station Norfolk's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Office, Sept. 7, to inform him of his accomplishment.

"Happy is just one way to describe how I feel," said Allmond.

Allmond had been looking forward to this tournament since last year. Although it was his first time winning this particular tournament, he had been competing for five years to accomplish this goal.

"Any time you end up participating in any endeavor in life, after doing it for a while you become humble because of the level of effort put into it," said Allmond. "You really get to see how much it takes to become a champion. This lets you know that all your hard work played out in the end."

Allmond said that he has received a lot of support from Carl Vinson, allowing him the opportunity to train and prepare for the tournaments.

"It's important to be self-motivated, to do your best, and give your all in whatever you're trying to accomplish," Allmond said. "This theory helps you in not just your hobbies, but with your Navy career. I love to see people achieve goals and develop skills in an effort to overcome obstacles and break down barriers. The Navy is the foundation for my life, and the values I have received during my career, have allowed me to finish tasks at hand and adapt and overcome when challenged. This in turn has helped me counter mesh everything together, making a very good balance in my life."

Allmond credits his success and recent accomplishment to his Navy experience and methods in thoroughly achieving his goals.

"Every individual is different and you have to realize that in order to be effective," Allmond said. "Every person has different skill sets, and we as leaders in the Navy must be able leverage those skills that each individual brings to the table."

Allmond said that when one goes out and works hard, they excel in more than one way.

"You have to take pride and ownership in what you do," Allmond said, "And support toward each individual helps accomplish mission success."

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