CNATT Det. Eglin Names 2017 Sailor, Marine and Instructors of the Year

Story Number: NNS171219-14Release Date: 12/19/2017 1:34:00 PM
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By Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Thomas Wilken, Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Det. Eglin Public Affairs

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (NNS) -- The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) Det.Eglin announced its 2017 Sailor, Marine and Instructors of the Year Nov. 22 at the F-35 Academic Training Center (ATC) onboard Eglin Air Force Base.

Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Jeremy Shank was selected as the Sailor of the Year ; Staff Sgt. George Adams was selected as the Marine of the Year ; Staff Sgt. Francis Dunn was selected as Instructor of the Year ; and Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Victor Huerta was selected as Junior Instructor of the Year .

Shank serves as the Instructional Systems Development (ISD) department leading petty officer and the Course Curriculum Model Manager (CCMM) for airframes and ordnance technician courses for the F-35B/C Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)schoolhouse. Additionally, he is the urinalysis coordinator, enlisted watch bill coordinator and CPO 365 Phase I coordinator.

"I try to make an impact daily helping my fellow Sailors and Marines train the future maintainers of the F-35 Community," said Shank.

Adams serves as the ISD department staff non-commissioned officer in charge and is the CCMM for Avionics F-35B/C JSF schoolhouse. Adams also serves as the ground training representative responsible for the detachment's physical fitness and annual training requirements.

"My goal is to bring positive energy every day to work and motivate the Marines and Sailors around me with a focus on team building and efficiency to train the next generation of leaders for the F-35 community," said Adams.

Dunn serves as an ISDrepresentative and CCMM for the F-35 B/C flight equipment and safety equipment technician courses at the F-35 ATC. Additionally, heserves as the assistant ground training representative responsible for the unit's physical fitness and annual training requirements and as an instructor in the Marine Corps martial arts program.

"Every day I come to work with a positive mental attitude and do my best to ensure defendable and repeatable processes are in place to produce the highest quality warfighters possible," said Dunn.

Huerta serves as the F-35B/C ordnance course supervisor at the F-35ATC; assistant command fitness leader; mMorale, welfare and recreation team member;Navy Full Speed Ahead instructor; and a Master Training Specialist mentor.

"I have much pride serving, and being given the opportunity to instruct has been very rewarding," said Huerta. "When you stop and realize that you are helping shape the future of the Navy and Marine Corps by serving as an instructor, I don't know of anything bigger I could have done so far in my Navy career."

CNATT Det. Eglin is a training detachment of CNATT and develops, delivers, and supports aviation technical training necessary to sustain global combat capability for the fifth generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter through a continuum of professional and personal growth for Sailors and Marines.

CNATT is the largest training center under the Naval Education and Training Command and is a technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise, an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost.

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