JANUARY 25, 2019 – Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) recognized their 2018 top performers during the NRC Recruiters of the Year (ROY) ceremony at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., Jan. 24.
Selection for this award is a testament to the hard work of these Sailors, their talent acquisition expertise and their positive impact in local communities.
Attendees of the event included Adm. William Moran, vice chief of naval operations, Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of naval personnel, Rear Adm. John Nowell, director, military personnel plans and policy, Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, commander, NRC, Rear Adm. Andrew Mueller, deputy commander, NRC, Command Master Chief of NRC, Donald Charbonneau, and National Chief Recruiter, Master Chief Navy Counselor Franklin Tiongco.
“You are all the best of the best, and I’m privileged to recognize these 17 individuals who have gone above and beyond their roles as Navy recruiters,” said Burke. “Their dedication and commitment has really raised the bar for their fellow recruiters.”
The active component enlisted ROY, Chief Interior Communication Electrician Hilary Martin, who is assigned to Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Richmond, said she is thankful to represent all those who made a positive impact on her life.
“I am elated and humbled to be selected as a Recruiter of the Year,” said Martin. “I believe that I stand out because of my ability to lead, mentor, and inspire my peers, Future Sailors and prospects. The most important factor that allowed me to stand out was my team; unity is strength. No one makes it to this point alone, and I was blessed to have the backing of such a remarkable team.”
As reward for her achievements in recruiting and as a Navy leader, Burke meritoriously promoted Martin to the paygrade of E7 and appointed her as a chief petty officer during the event. The ceremony concluded with a thunderous applause from family, friends and the senior Navy leadership in attendance.
“Our recruiters in the field are our weapons system, and our Sailors are our greatest strength. From coast to coast and around the world, our recruiters bring the Navy to the front doors of Future Sailors,” said McLane. “These recruiters of the year achieved their impressive results through hard work and innovative techniques. They represent the finest our recruiting nation has to offer and it is my absolute honor to work for them every single day.”
Also recognized at the awards ceremony was NRD Miami and Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Rocky Mountain. They were the recipients of the Gold “R” Award, an award given to the top NRD and NTAG in the nation.
The 2018 ROY winners also included: Navy Counselor 1st Class Carmen Vega, reserve component ROY; Construction Mechanic 1st Class Raymond Estrella, active component officer ROY; Chief Navy Counselor James Boswell, reserve component officer ROY; Senior Chief Naval Aircrewman (Operator) Jason Vaught, chaplain program ROY; Navy Counselor 1st Class Tyrone Thomas, medical officer programs ROY; Lt. Andrew Dzyuba, nuclear officer ROY; Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Marco Paas, Navy special warfare/Navy special operations ROY; Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Jamain Gholston, leading petty officer of the year; Chief Navy Counselor Sandra Kimball, department leading chief petty officer of the year; Chief Navy Counselor Andrew Moses, discipline director of the year; Electronics Technician (Navigation) 1st Class Christopher Carr, classifier of the year; Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Davaile Durham, enlisted nuclear field ROY; Construction Electrician 1st Class Caroline Ballad, sourcing and sales recruiter of the year; Electrician’s Mate (Nuclear) 1st Class Megan Willis, assessor of the year; Navy Counselor 1st Class Nicholas Juliano, onboarding ROY; and Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Julia Shkunda, support person of the year.
NRC consists of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions, 20 Navy Recruiting Districts and six Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 1,300 recruiting stations with a total force of more than 6,100 personnel across the globe. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy.
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Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Hafer
Navy Recruiting Command