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Nominations Open for Capt. Joy Bright Hancock, Master Chief Anna Der-Vartanian Leadership Awards

03 January 2021

From Chief of Naval Personnel public affairs

These awards have been presented annually since 1987 to recognize the inspirational leadership of the recipients whose ideals and dedication foster cultural inclusiveness through reinforcing the integral role of women play in the Navy.

The Navy is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Captain Joy Bright Hancock and Master Chief Anna Der-Vartanian Leadership Awards. 

The call for nominations came Dec. 29, in NAVADMIN 341/19.

These awards have been presented annually since 1987 to recognize the inspirational leadership of the recipients whose ideals and dedication foster cultural inclusiveness through reinforcing the integral role of women play in the Navy.

The award has five pay grade specific categories available for nomination. These are: senior officer (O-4 to O-6), junior officer (O-1 to O-3), chief warrant officer and limited duty officer (CWO2 – O-3E), senior enlisted (E-7 to E-9) and junior enlisted (E-5 to E-6).

The awards are open to both male and female nominees as well as from both active and reserve components. Nominations must be received no later than March 10, 2021.  

"Nominees should be mature leaders who have shown exceptional leadership over time and have persevered to overcome challenges while serving," wrote Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, Jr. the Navy's chief of personnel, in the message. 

Nominees should also have "demonstrated inspirational and innovative leadership, both on and off-duty, as well as professional accomplishments and community involvement" he wrote.

Candidates are first nominated by their commanding officer or officer-in-charge. An endorsement from their nominating command’s immediate superior in command (ISIC) is also required. 

Should any ISIC receive multiple nominations, from separate commands, in any category, they are reminded that they can forward only one nomination for each category for consideration.  

Nomination packages must include:
    •    ISIC endorsement
    •    CO or OIC endorsement
    •    Nomination write-up limited to two pages
    •    Nominee’s biography limited to one page
    •    Most recent official military photo in uniform

Nomination and biography templates can be found at https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/inclusion/awards/Pages/HancockAwards.aspx.

Selections will be communicated to appropriate COs or OICs no later than May 10, 2021, as well as fleet-wide in a future NAVADMIN. 

Awardees and command representatives will be hosted and recognized at the annual Sea Service Leadership Association’s Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 31 through Sept. 1, 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Complete information on the awards and details on how to submit are available in NAVADMIN 341/19 or by visiting: https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/21st_Century_Sailor/inclusion/awards/Pages/HancockAwards.aspx.

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