Truman SOY Recognized by Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic

Story Number: NNS120131-29Release Date: 1/31/2012 9:43:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Cothran, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- A Sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) represented the ship in the Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (COMNAVAIRLANT) Sailor of the Year (SOY) recognition program, conducted Jan. 26 at COMNAVAIRLANT headquarters on Naval Station Norfolk.

Master-at-Arms 1st Class (SW/AW) Tony Burrell was selected as Truman's SOY and was also chosen as one of the top five candidates in COMNAVAIRLANT's SOY program.

The program is designed to recognize Sailors who are subject matter experts, proactive managers, inspiring leaders, and community activists. According to Master Chief Master-at-Arms (SW/AW) Valissa Tisdale, Harry S. Truman's chief master-at-arms, Burrell exceeded those standards.

"[Burrell] performs the duties of a chief as a first class petty officer in the security department," said Tisdale. "He manages more than 200 people, is the acting chief of security operations, and manages anti-terrorism and law enforcement programs on the ship."

Over the past year, Burrell helped raise money for school supplies and holiday food and toy fundraisers, said Tisdale. Burrell also personally and professionally mentored several junior Sailors.

"He takes the lead on community service projects and fundraisers for different causes," said Tisdale. "He performs his duties above the expectations of a first class petty officer while helping the local community. [Burrell] is an example of excellence."

The chance to represent Harry S. Truman and COMNAVAIRLANT is not something Burrell said he ever expected, but he said he appreciates his chain of command giving him the recognition.

"I was ecstatic to find out I was in the COMNAVAIRLANT top five," said Burrell. "It is like I am getting the chance to be an ambassador for Team Truman ... I am responsible for upholding Navy standards for both Truman and COMNAVAIRLANT. It is a tremendous honor."

Harry S. Truman is undergoing docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY).

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