VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) announced its Sailor of the Year (SoY) for 2014 as Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Lavarest Daniels Sr.
Daniels, who has been assigned to CPPD Learning Site Dam Neck for more than two years, primarily serves as an instructor for Navy Instructor Training Course (NITC) and Bearings course. He also serves as the learning site leading petty officer, command fitness leader, safety manager, voting assistance officer, the morale and welfare committee president and a member of the multicultural heritage committee.
"I truly believe this is a great honor and privilege," said Daniels. "I am not a person that thrives off recognition, but the fact that my command feels I deserve it is a great assurance to me in knowing that I am meeting and exceeding their expectations of the command as well as the Navy's."
While Daniels has numerous obligations, he said that his passion lies in teaching Bearings, which is a two-week course that enhances Sailors' decision making skills and increases their awareness of the assistance available to them.
"I loved teaching Bearings. I have always loved to engage with junior Sailors help to provide guidance in their personal and professional lives. The fact that I was raised enduring some difficult moments in my life, I feel I can relate a lot to why they are struggling. You can see how the course impacted the junior Sailors that attended," said Daniels.
Master Chief Derrick Newell, CPPD Learning Site East senior enlisted advisor, said Daniels was selected because he sets the example for his peers and his students.
"Petty Officer Daniels is a motivated, hardworking, dedicated and loyal member of CPPD Learning Site East," said Newell. "He demonstrates commitment and professionalism in and out of the classroom."
Daniels said his tour at CPPD has been personally and professionally rewarding. "Being surrounded by many subject matter experts of the Navy has increased my level of understanding in many areas. Serving here has also provided me the opportunity to meet and train senior leadership of the fleet and give me a sense of satisfaction that I help provide a positive impact on fleet readiness," he said.
"I've also been able to work outside of my element by working in the Administrative Office. Now I have an increased knowledge base on correspondence in the Navy and customer service skills."
Learning Site Leading Chief Petty Officer Selinda Simmons sees the growth and limitless potential Daniels displays on a daily basis as the learning site leading petty officer.
"Daniels is a hardworking professional of the highest caliber," said Simmons. "His performance and leadership in the classroom continuously enhance fleet readiness."
Simmons said Daniels' selection was attributed to his hard work coupled with immense dedication, motivated and commitment to the mission. Simmons also added that he excels in an extremely demanding sailorization billet as not only an instructor, but also a mentor, volunteer, and leader, and that these are the reasons he was selected as SoY.
Daniels will now travel to Pensacola representing CPPD to compete with other Sailors for Naval Education and Training Command's domain-wide SoY.
"This has been a great command. I have enjoyed the personnel and have connected with many Sailors, junior and senior," said Daniels. "I have definitely picked up some successful tools to further help my growth as I continue my Navy career. This is truly an honor for me to become the Sailor of the Year, and I owe it to my peers and leadership for challenging me."
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