Nassau Sailor Selected as NAVCENT DET Afghanistan Junior Sailor of the Quarter

Story Number: NNS080512-14Release Date: 5/12/2008 11:52:00 AM
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From USS Nassau Public Affairs

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Detachment (NAVCENT DET) Afghanistan selected Electronics Technician 3rd Class Patrick Johnson as its Junior Sailor of the Quarter, April 2, for the 2nd Quarter of 2008.

Johnson is an individual augmentee from USS Nassau (LHA 4) serving with NAVCENT DET Afghanistan. He is currently assigned to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A), where he is an automated data processing shift supervisor.

Johnson supervises four people and manages classified and unclassified servers at Camp Vance that allow CJSOTF-A to operate at full capacity. Watch standers use the system he maintains to get a full view of the battlefield, support troops in the field and coordinate medical evacuations.

Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/AW) Travis Gagum, leading chief petty officer at Camp Vance, wrote in his nomination letter that Johnson saved the Army more than $50,000 removing and installing cable for the camp's new joint operating center and an outlying building at another camp.

Johnson's volunteer work also set him apart. He went to local communities and interacted with Afghan children, passing out candy and handing out school supplies in Operation Sweet Tooth. He also volunteered for a convoy to provide service members at Camp Morehead with vital supplies and returned a vehicle to Bagram Air Base for repair.

Johnson said that for him, the recognition validates the effort he's put into his naval career so far.

"During my short time in the Navy I have learned more than I ever thought that I would," Johnson said. "I've tried to implement Navy standards in my life, especially now that I'm in Afghanistan surrounded by the Army.

"I used to believe that I was doing work for the mission at hand and that no one paid it any extra mind. Being awarded Junior Sailor of the Quarter was a great honor for me. It makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something and helping a mission that is much larger than just me."

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