WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The top 14 Navy recruiters of 2013 were recognized by Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) Jan. 29 during a Recruiter of the Year (ROY) awards ceremony held at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington D.C.
Attendees of the event included Rear Adm. Annie B. Andrews, commander, Navy Recruiting Command, and guest speaker, Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. William F. Moran.
"I always ask of you to be humble," said Andrews. "You will help the next one to be here next year and for that I am truly grateful"
Recruiters are responsible for bringing in the "life-blood" of the Navy said Moran.
"We are a modern Navy," he said. "We're going to be an incredible Navy in the future, but it's nothing without the people that we bring in and can operate, that can train, that can make it come to life."
Chief Hull Technician (SW/AW) Dustin Grover, Enlisted Recruiter of the Year Active, said it was a huge honor to be selected for the ROY award.
"I wanted to be a recruiter because the Navy changed my life in a positive way," he said. "I really wanted to be able to give that opportunity back to people who might be in the same situation I was."
Engineering Aid 2nd Class (SCW) Larzon Ong, Diversity Enlisted Recruiter of the Year, said we are the "Be Ready" of the Navy.
"We recruit the best of the best," he said. "We are recruiting our replacements."
The ceremony was just one event during a week long occasion held in our nations capital city. The awardees and their guests tour various monuments throughout the week and visit with Navy leadership such as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael Stevens and Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mark E. Ferguson.
Other ROY winners include: Hull Technician 1st Class (SS) Caleb Minson, Enlisted Recruiter of the Year Reserve; Quartermaster 2nd Class (SW) Robert Baetz, Officer Recruiter of the Year Active; Lt. Katheryn Gelenter, Officer Recruiter of the Year Reserve; Electricians Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Thomas Bosarge, Nuclear Field Coordinator of the Year; Navy Counselor 1st Class (AW) Ryan Schlotfeld, Station Leading Petty Officer of the Year; Personnel Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Stephanie Perry, Classifier of the Year; Navy Counselor Chief (SW/AW) Kevin Kikawa, Division Leading Chief Petty Officer of the Year; Navy Counselor Chief John Marullo, Diversity Officer Recruiter of the Year; Hospital Corpsman Chief (FMF/SW/AW) Joseph Rawson, Medical Officer Recruiter of the Year; Machinists Mate Chief (SW) Sergio Palacios, Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Recruiter of the Year; Construction Electrician 2nd Class (SCW) Mark Durand, navy Special Warfare/Navy Special Operations Recruiter of the Year; Navy Counselor 1st Class (SW) Archie Anz, Support Person of the Year.
Friends of the Navy organizations such as Fleet Reserve Association, Navy Club of the USA, Geico, USAA, Navy Wives Clubs of America, and Post University helped sponsor the event by donating awards and gift cards to the winners and providing luncheons and receptions for various events. Organizations such as these help the Navy meet its recruiting goals and keep the fleet manned and ready.
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