WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The first Adm. Jeremy M. Boorda Award for outstanding integration of manpower policy and analysis was awarded to Vice Adm. Patricia Tracey during a recent manpower symposium.
The award, presented by Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP)Vice Adm. Gerry Hoewing during the 2003 Navy Workforce Research and Analysis Conference, was established this year to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of manpower analysis, research and policy execution. It is named for Adm. Jeremy M. Boorda, the Navy's 25th Chief of Naval Operations.
"This is an especially meaningful honor for me," said Tracey. "I learned a great deal about the role of leaders from Adm. Boorda. Serving with him was one of the high points of my career."
In presenting the award, Hoewing spoke about Tracey's many achievements in the manpower and personnel field - especially her work with Boorda in designing the Navy's downsizing strategy in the early 1990s. Boorda was then serving as CNP.
"Their joint efforts, with considerable support from the analytical community," said Hoewing, "put the Navy on the right track in a potentially turbulent period."
Integrating analysis into the decision making process on critical manpower, personnel and training issues was one of Boorda's lasting legacies and, noted Hoewing, has also been a continued focus for Tracey.
"An analyst herself, Tracey is known in the analytical community for her sharp probing questions, her demand for more and better data and her analytical insights," said Hoewing. "Admiral Tracey's unequalled commitment, dedication, and career accomplishments have had a profound and lasting impact on the manpower, personnel and training profession and are in keeping with the high standards set by Admiral Boorda."
Tracey's contributions to the personnel community include assignments as a placement officer, head of enlisted plans and community management for CNP, a manpower and personnel analyst in the OPNAV program appraisal division, Director for Manpower and Personnel on the Joint Staff, Chief of Naval Education And Training, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Manpower and Personnel Policy).
Boorda's service to his country and the Navy are well known.
"A former enlisted Sailor who rose to be Chief of Naval Operations - and in between managed to serve as CNP himself - he knew what it meant to be an advocate for the ones who really make our Navy work," said Hoewing.
Many different organizations provide research and analytical support to the Navy workforce (manpower, personnel and training) system. This year's conference brought together a variety of researchers to exchange ideas about their work and improve communication lines. In addition, the conference allowed the Navy's senior leadership to better understand the strengths of each component of the research community and to discuss its top priorities for the year ahead.
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