ROANOKE, Va. (NNS) -- Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Richmond held their annual Training and Awards Symposium at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center Dec. 3-4.
The symposium was the perfect end to a spectacular year for Navy Recruiting in Virginia in fiscal year 2009. Navy Recruiting District Richmond achieved the highest award available to recruiting commands, an award known as: the Gold "R." NRD Richmond was ranked number one out of 26 districts across the nation for fiscal year 2009.
The Command is comprised of over 275 officers, enlisted personnel and civilians and is responsible for all Navy accessions, both active and Reserve, officer and enlisted throughout Virginia, Washington D.C., and parts of Maryland and North Carolina.
The event was held in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the recently renovated Sheraton in Roanoke. It was a fitting venue for such a successful year of recruiting for the NRD. Sailors travelled from as far as Salisbury, Md.
The team of Navy recruiters, known affectionately as the "Beast of the East" had a wonderful visit to the picturesque city. It is not often that Roanoke has such a large Navy presence, but the recruiters, spouses, children and guests took up nearly 300 of the 350 available rooms at the hotel. Families spent 3 days enjoying everything Roanoke has to offer in the beautiful holiday season.
In addition to recognizing the district as a whole, individual and group accolades were acknowledged by awards during the symposium. Highlights from the awards categories included Zone Supervisor of the Year, Senior Chief Petty Officer Eddie Taylor; Active Recruiter of the Year, Petty Officer 2nd Class Oscar Faustino, Reserve Recruiter of the Year, Petty Officer 1st Class Eva Marte, and Civil Service Employee of the Year, Jan Nightingale from Military Entrance Processing Station, Ft Lee.
After this memorable and motivating Training and Awards Symposium, the recruiters are back to work and on track for a repeat in fiscal year 2010.
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