NORFOLK, Virginia (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) recognized the outstanding accomplishments of both Sailors and civilians during an all-hands call Aug. 19 at the Joint Staff College on Norfolk Support Activity Hampton Roads.
Rear Adm. Roy Kelley presented Sailor and Civilian of the Quarter awards as well as multiple Federal Career Service Award certificates, which recognize dedication to federal service.
“I am proud to set the example and show the value of hard work and dedication,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Javier Colon. “Not just for myself, but also for the junior Sailors. By helping them, set the example, so they can get recognized in the future.”
When asked what advice he would give to junior Sailors, Colon recommends Sailors, “start by making the smallest impact every day. Soon, that impact will grow and lead to bigger impacts throughout the command and the Navy.”
Demenico Jacobs, Civilian of the Quarter, and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jinuel Jehlen, Junior Sailor of the Quarter, joined Colon in being recognized for their unselfishness and superior performance.
Along with quarterly awards, Kelly also presented Federal Career Service Awards certificates to four civilian members of the CNAL team. Addie Doles, Patricia Scott, Dane Lambert and Nicholas Siewers were recognized for more than 85 years of collective federal service.
Doles, who serves as a budget analyst and has served the Navy for more than 35 years, is also a key member of aviation readiness.
“I have effectively taken on the challenge of assuring that all assigned squadrons and activities are kept updated consistently, regardless of their location, to ensure the delivery of their supplies, requisitioned materials and other items needed during deployment to ensure the warfighter is taken care of,” said Doles, who added, “it has been an honor and enjoyable journey working with my extended family, the Navy.”
Scott, who has served in the Navy for more than 30 years, is pivotal to ensuring squadrons receive the material needed to stay in the fight as a member of naval aviation’s Engine Class Desk.
“N421 is responsible for all naval aviation material, aircraft, UAVs, engines; each having their own code,” said Scott. “Engines are separated from aircraft codes because of their cost. [We are] responsible for ensuring engines are where they need to be, in the right quantity and configuration, and we represent the Fleet in all engine-related concerns.”
Not only is Scott proud of the work she does, she is also proud of the increased role women play on the naval aviation team.
“Over the years, I have watched women continue to become part of decision-making in almost all aspects of Naval Aviation programs. I am happy to see how many women are stepping into roles.”
Scott started her career as a NAVAIR intern in 1989 working in fleet support, and said she has “immensely enjoyed working in aviation and this award is a culmination of that effort.”
CNAL is responsible for four nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, 54 aircraft squadrons, 1,200 aircraft and 50,000 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel based on the East Coast of the United States. It provides combat ready, sustainable naval air forces with the right personnel, properly trained and equipped, with a focus on readiness, operational excellence, interoperability, safety, and efficient resourcing.