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Navy Air and Missile Defense Command (NAMDC) at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren recognized its top civilian performers during a recent ceremony.

Kurt Erickson, a training analyst with the command, was recognized for outstanding performance and honored as NAMDC's Employee of the Quarter.

During this award's period, Erickson was instrumental in streamlining programs within the training and assessments directorate.

He also provided invaluable insight into Navy Air and Missile Defense Command's realignment concept. "Kurt has a broad understanding of training and its inherent complexities. He is an insightful contributor with expert skills that are invaluable to accomplishing the work here," said Capt. Frank Olmo, chief of staff.

Erickson enlisted in the Navy in 1983. He served at sea on board USS Hewitt (DD 966), USS Independence (CV 62), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and USS Shoup (DDG 86).

Ashore he served with a radar bomb scoring unit, maintained a Nike Hercules fire control radar system, served as an Aegis officer instructor site and ended his career as officer in charge for Center for Service Combat Systems, Detachment Wallops Island. He retired in 2009 as a Lieutenant with more than 26 years of service.

Erickson is married to the former Daphne Kison of Lacey, Wash. They have three sons and reside in King George.

John Sinopoli, assigned to the communications directorate, was selected as Contractor of the Quarter. Sinopoli is responsible for supporting the identification, coordination and documentation of the Navy's input with the new encrypted high-capacity shipboard data networks. These networks support the integrated air and missile defense mission.

During the awards ceremony, he was recognized for masterfully translating this complex issue to the operations community and identifying shortfalls with the data networks and their fielding.

"John is an invaluable asset, with a tremendous perception and knowledge," said Olmo during the award presentation. "He is an important contributor that is making a difference in the Fleet."

Sinopoli began his career in 1997 when he enlisted in the Navy as a Seaman. After graduating from radioman A school, he was assigned to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). During his four-year enlistment, Sinopoli achieved the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class and was awarded multiple Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals for network support.

Sinopoli is currently employed by Tactical Engineering and Analysis. He resides in King George with his wife Kristy.

NAMDC is the Navy's primary authority and lead organization for naval, joint and coalition integrated air and missile defense matters.