Carl Vinson Sailor Named 2016 AIRPAC Engineer of the Year

Story Number: NNS160324-03Release Date: 3/24/2016 10:33:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Brown, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- A USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailor, Electronics Technician (Nuclear) 1st Class Nicholas Newcomb, has been announced as the 2016 Naval Air Forces Pacific (AIRPAC) Engineer of the year.

Newcomb is currently the leading petty officer of the Carl Vinson reactor training division. He is also the propulsion plant drill team coordinator.

"I was pretty excited about the award because I did a lot of work to get here," said Newcomb. "I only got to this point because of the amount of time I spent here making sure that I always keep busy and that I am always setting and accomplishing new goals. I constantly maintain the mindset of always getting one more thing done."

Newcomb not only credits his achievement to his individual determination but also recognizes his leadership's fundamental role in making him into AIRPAC Engineer of the Year material.

"My leadership has crucially impacted my naval career since I've been on the ship," said Newcomb. "They have been my moral compass, my inspiration to improve my level of knowledge, and my model of how I should take care of my people."

As the reactor drill coordinator, Newcomb plans and oversees all the drills run by the reactor department.

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing a chief of naval operations planned incremental availability period in preparation for future sea operations.

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