JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) announced their junior and senior Sailor's of the second quarter April 4.
Master-at-Arms (MA) 1st Class Eliot Fiaschi and Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Jerry Vanderhall were named Senior and Junior Sailor of the Second Quarter respectively.
As regional kennel master in the CNRSE Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Department, Fiaschi is responsible for military working dog (MWD) teams throughout the Southeast Region. During the quarter, he completed four deployment relief packages and assisted with the re-deployment of two MWD teams.
He also coordinated and executed three critical MWD movements, resulting in a 20 percent increase in the region's MWD detection capabilities. In addition, Fiaschi completed a bachelor's degree in business administration and was recently selected for the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program.
"MA1 checked on board knowing he had big shoes to fill as the regional kennel master," said Chief Master-at-Arms Greg Miziak, Fiaschi's supervisor. "His extensive knowledge of the military working dog program standards, past experience as a kennel supervisor and remarkable leadership qualities have already had an immediate, positive impact on our ability to meet ever-growing mission requirements. You don't have to look too hard to figure out why he was selected as the Senior Sailor of the Quarter and was also recently selected to become an LDO."
Fiaschi said his faith in the Navy's core values have been instrumental to his success.
"On or off duty, in and out of uniform, I strive to do the right thing and be a positive representative for my Navy," he said. "I always strive to live by the Navy's core values and I believe that has been a big factor in my success."
In addition to his primary duties, Fiaschi is also an avid volunteer. Throughout the quarter, he served as a judge at the Clay County High School Science Fair and volunteered at the Duval County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Vanderhall serves as a battle watch specialist in the Regional Operations Center, where he processed more than 200 messages for Southeast Region installations during the past quarter. He also helped train new members of the watch team as battle watch specialists and regional watch officers.
Vanderhall is the CNRSE Petty Officers Association president, as well as one of the most active members of the CNRSE staff when it comes to community involvement. Throughout the quarter, he coordinated an Adopt-A-Mile highway cleanup, volunteered for a job fair at Mattie V. Rutherford Middle School and spoke to Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps students at First Coast High School.
"Vanderhall always maintains a positive attitude, and his motivation and dedication make him a stand out as a leader amongst his peers. He is always ready for jobs that require an increased responsibility," said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Paul Voigt, Vanderhall's leading petty officer."
Vanderhall said it was an honor to be selected for such an award, but it also comes with great responsibility.
"I'm grateful to have received this award as a representative of the CNRSE junior enlisted Sailors, and I will continue to set the highest standards possible," he said. "I want to thank my family and my leadership for their support and will continue to strive to grow as a sailor and a person."
Individual selection criteria for the awards was based upon exemplary performance of tasks, contributions that enhanced organization accomplishment of command objectives, mission, teamwork or public image, and one's professional attitude toward self and others.
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