Top Student Receives Honor Graduate Award

Story Number: NNS100817-16Release Date: 8/17/2010 4:47:00 PM
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By Yeoman Seaman Steven Cooney, Center for Security Forces

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (NNS) -- Naval Technical Training Center located at Lackland Air Force Base presented its top graduate with the Robert H. Davis Honor Graduate award Aug. 13.

The distinguished honor was awarded to Master-at-Arms (MA) Seaman Ian Gress who is the first student to receive such an honor within the past two years.

"Throughout training the more I thought about honor graduate the more I wanted it," said Gress. "It feels really good to know that hard work pays off."

The award is named after retired Master Chief Master-at-Arms Robert H. Davis and used to recognize the accomplishment of MA students who excel in training. To be eligible for "Honor Graduate" students must master every phase of MA training while exceeding some area specific goals.

The first and most difficult is maintaining a minimum 94 percent grade point average (GPA) throughout training, Gress graduated with a 97.4 percent GPA.

When discussing his motivation Gress said, "I strived for perfection every day, I tried as hard as I could all the way through and I studied - I studied a lot!"

In additon to GPA, students eligible for honor graduate must pass all written tests and performance evaluations on the first attempt. They must receive no negative counseling, pass all room and personnel inspections and complete all assigned watch standing qualifications.

Finally, students must shoot at the "expert" level with the 9-millimeter service pistol and the M16 service rifle.

"Learning to shoot at the expert level was a goal I set for myself and now I can say I achieved that goal," said Gress. "The instructors were great; it was their coaching and positive reinforcement that enabled me to achieve that level of proficiency."

Award recipients also receive a certificate, page 13 promoting them to the next higher pay grade and a command plaque. Additionally, if the student is active duty or Reservist E-3, he/she will be recommended for the Accelerated Advancement Program to E-4.

Serving as a Reservist from Green Bay, Wis., Gress intends to complete his college degree and ultimately transition over to active duty.

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