NOMINATIONS FOR 2021 CAPTAIN JOY BRIGHT HANCOCK AND MASTER CHIEF ANNA DER-VARTANIAN LEADERSHIP AWARDS

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SUBJ/NOMINATIONS FOR 2021 CAPTAIN JOY BRIGHT HANCOCK AND MASTER CHIEF ANNA DER-
VARTANIAN LEADERSHIP AWARDS//

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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 254/19, THE CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE.  
REF B IS THE SIGNATURE BEHAVIORS OF THE 21ST CENTURY SAILOR - NAVY CORE VALUES, NAVY ETHOS, 
AND CORE ATTRIBUTES IN ACTION PUBLICATION.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN solicits nominations for the 2021 Captain Joy Bright Hancock (officer) and 
Master Chief Anna Der-Vartanian (enlisted) Leadership Awards.  These awards, established in 1987, 
have been presented annually to recognize the inspirational leadership of Navy officers and enlisted 
Service Members in the Active and Reserve Components.  These awards are not gender- restrictive and 
seek to highlight the achievements of leaders who are actively setting the example in establishing 
healthy, inclusive, team-oriented environments, who engage in transparent and constructive 
conversations with our Sailors to attract, recruit, retain, and develop diverse talent and who harness the 
greatness of our core values, ethos and signature behaviors, in line with references (a) and (b).

2.  Award Criteria
    a.  There are five leadership award categories:
        (1)  Senior Officer (O4-O6).
        (2)  Junior Officer (O1-O3).
        (3)  Chief Warrant Officer/Limited Duty Officer (CWO2-O3E).
        (4)  Senior Enlisted (E7-E9).
        (5)  Junior Enlisted (E5-E6).
    b.  One award winner will be chosen for each category provided they meet award criteria.  
Nominations should reflect the service of Navy officers and enlisted Service Members whose ideals and 
dedication foster an inclusive culture that reinforces the integral role of women in the Navy.  Nominees 
should be mature leaders who have shown exceptional leadership over time and have persevered to 
overcome challenges while serving.  Nominees should also have demonstrated inspirational and 
innovative leadership, both on and off-duty, as well as professional accomplishments and community 
involvement.

3.  Nomination Process.  Candidates shall be nominated by their commanding officer (CO) or officer-in-
charge (OIC).  The immediate superior in command (ISIC) of the nominating command shall provide an 
endorsement prior to nomination submission.  If an ISIC receives multiple nominations, the ISIC shall 
endorse and forward only one nomination for each award category.  Nomination packages shall include 
the following:
    a.  ISIC endorsement.
    b.  CO or OIC endorsement, to include the command point of contact name, e-mail address and phone 
number.
    c.  Nomination write-up shall not exceed two pages in length.
If nominations are received that exceed the prescribed length, only the first two pages will be graded.
    d.  Biography of the nominee, to include current official military photo shall not exceed one page in 
length.  Template can be found via MyNavy Portal https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/sailor-and-
family-support under the 21st Century Sailor tab, Inclusion and Diversity, then Awards then Hancock 
Awards.

4.  Deadline.  Nominations are due to the 21st Century Sailor Office, Inclusion and Diversity (OPNAV 
N17) timestamped no later than 2359 (Eastern Standard Time), 17 March 2021.  Extensions will not be 
granted.  Nominations missing any of the items listed in paragraph 3 will not be accepted.  Submit 
electronic nomination packages directly to OPNAV N17 via encrypted e-mail at 
ALTN_USN_Inclusion_and_Diversity(at)navy.mil with the following Subject Line:  2021 CAPT Joy Bright 
Hancock (or) MCPO Anna Der- Vartanian Leadership Award ICO (Command Name) Nominee (Rank Last, 
First M.).  Do not mail hard copy nomination packages.  Nominations shall be unclassified, and shall not 
include any personally identifiable information in any part of the nomination package.

5.  Notification.  Award selections will be communicated to appropriate COs or OICs no later than 10 
May 2021 and awardees will be announced Fleet-wide via MyNavy HR channels.  Awardees or their 
command representatives will be hosted and recognized at the annual Sea Service Leadership 
Association Joint Women Leadership Symposium, tentatively scheduled for 31 August-1 September 
2021 in Norfolk, VA.

6.  Point of contact.  OPNAV N17 point of contact is CTICS Nazma B.
Rahman via e-mail at nazma.b.rahman2(at)navy.mil.

7.  Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//

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