Hawaii Service Members Recognized for their Achievement

Story Number: NNS141117-17Release Date: 11/17/2014 7:19:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Diana Quinlan, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Detachment Hawaii

HONOLULU (NNS) -- Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, stationed in Hawaii, received excellence awards at the 54th Sea Service Awards recognition luncheon held by the Honolulu Navy League Nov. 14 at the Ala Moana Hotel.

The ceremony was held to recognize 62 military service members who have provided exemplary service and performance of duty.

The Navy League Honolulu council board of directors, community leaders and Rear Adm. Rick Williams, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, presided over the event.

The ceremony opened with the parade of colors provided by Joint Service Color Guard and opening remarks from Mick Buck, master of ceremonies for the event, followed by a luncheon.

As the event continued, Rear Adm. Williams spoke to the service members about the success, commitment and investment they have made to the U.S. military and their nation, and the importance of working together for a common goal.

"It is a distinct pleasure to recognize the hard work, contributions and achievements of some of 'the best of the best' of our Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Navy team," said Williams. "Every day, here in the Hawaii-operating area, our squadrons, Coast Guard cutters, flight lines, harbors, piers, logistics and other assets are often shared between Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. We rely on the speed of trust to meet the mission, and leveraging that trust helps us make a difference."

Williams elaborated on the speed of technological growth over the years and new generations that think outside the box, making new advances possible.

"These young leaders that we are recognizing today are the drivers of change, innovating new ways, faster ways, and more efficient ways of doing business," added Williams. "This makes you [Millennial leaders] stronger, more secure and better adaptive planners and communicators. This can lead to less miscalculation, enhanced cooperation and advanced sources of educated talent to draw from."

After the keynote speech, Carlyle Devoe, president of the Honolulu Navy League, Joseph Zettlemoyer, 2014 Sea Service Awards Chair, and Williams presented the certificates to the recipients of the Sea Service awards.

U.S. Coast Guard Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Charles Palmer, assigned to cutter USCGC Ahi (WPB 87364), was awarded the Top Junior Enlisted Leadership Award, chosen out of all the service branches represented.

"It is amazing to be nominated in the first place and to have support of my command here ... it is quite an honor," said Palmer. "It feels very special and I am very thankful to the crew of cutter Ahi and all of the Coast Guard family out on Sand Island."

U.S. Navy Yeomen 1st Class La Toya Calvin, assigned to commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, was among the 2014 Sea Service Recognition Award recipients.

"I am very overwhelmed, humbled and very excited," said Calvin. "I appreciate everyone who helped me be here today and receive these honors, and I hope it will help me be a better leader."

"Never give up, always lead by example, always encourage your Sailors and yourself," advised Calvin as she spoke of her command's support. "I have very strong leaders at Pacific Fleet and all the chiefs, my peers and my Sailors have got me where I am today."

The Navy League of the United States (NLUS) is a national organization of more than 50,000 members and over 270 councils throughout the United States and overseas. Each year, NLUS presents awards in recognition of outstanding individual achievements in leadership, maritime affairs, scientific progress, engineering excellence, logistics competence, excellence in intelligence, and service to community and country.

For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Hawaii, visit www.navy.mil/local/pacenhawaii/.

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