Naval Support Activity South Potomac recognized service members and employees for outstanding performance of duties in the final quarter of the year at an awards ceremony Dec. 13 at Naval Support Facility Indian Head.
Before Cmdr. Elvis Mikel, executive officer of NSASP, announced the awards, he called Yeoman 2nd Class David Parker front and center to be frocked to the rank of petty officer 1st class. “Your appointment carries with it the obligation that you exercise increased authority and willingly accept greater responsibility,” said Mikel.
Cpl. Robert Faust, a police officer assigned to NSASP, received a letter of appreciation from Capt. Pete Nette, commanding officer of NSASP, for his “outstanding professionalism” during an incident Oct. 5 at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren involving an intoxicated driver who posed a serious threat to the safety of base residents. “Throughout the incident, you acted in a calm, competent and confident manner without knowing the true intentions of the perpetrator,” according to the letter.
Several other NSASP police officers were recognized for their volunteering to support regional Navy law enforcement’s response to the tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16. Deputy Chief Stan Chizuk, Capt. Brian Flanagan, Capt. Stephen Mullen, Lt. Dan Henderson, Lt. Paul Rose, Cpl. Randy Brown, Cpl. Bryan Mason and Cpl. Cecil Richards “acted in the public interest by searching numerous buildings for additional gunmen, while also directing fleeing civilians to safety,” according to the award citation.
Mikel commended the professionalism and dedication demonstrated by the officers during the incident. “It was through your heroic action as a team and confidence in your training, that you and your team were able to pursue and end the threat to innocent lives that was presented by the shooter,” he said.
“It was truly appreciated by the Navy Yard and the chief of police up there,” added Capt. Pete Nette, commanding officer of NSASP. “I thank you for going up there and doing your duty.”
Eloisa Ramelo, installation financial manager, was recognized for her completion of the Certified Defense Financial Manager course from the American Society of Military Comptrollers. “Over a period of three years, she regularly attended classes after work and on weekends,” said Mikel. “Her commitment and dedication to attain this certification is just one more way that she provides NSASP command and the ‘N’ codes with impeccable budget and financial acumen.”
Eddie Rhoden, network-technical support specialist, was recognized for his recent attainment of Master of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in network management from Strayer University.
Eight NSASP employees were recognized for their work supporting Sexual Assault Prevention Civilians (SAPR-C) Team efforts in 2013. Mikel praised Dave Fredrickson, security director, Frank Furtado, program director for Fleet and Family Support, Jerry Schenemann, battalion chief at the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren Fire Department, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Johanna Abreu, Theresa Stubits, supervisory management analyst, Linda Wilkes, administrative support technician, Ed Patuga, installation training officer, and Felicia Hoyle, sexual assault prevention and response victim advocacy specialist.
“To the team’s credit, NSASP was the first installation to complete the SAPR-C training requirement, having trained a population just under 500 employees within a four-week period,” said Mikel. “Well done team.”
Employees Herman Wright and Robert Putnam received five-year Length of Service Awards. Joseph Williams, Daryl Davis and James Johnson were recognized with ten-year Length of Service Awards. James Phimmasone received a 15-year Length of Service Award. “Congratulations to everyone for their length of service,” said Mikel.
Sharon Inscoe, supervisory physical security specialist at NSF Dahlgren, was recognized as the Civilian Supervisor of the Quarter, fourth quarter of 2013, for her “exemplary job in running the Pass and ID office with only one of six positions filled,” said Mikel.
Inscoe processed more than 12,000 visitor requests this quarter, including more than 100 foreign nationals, in addition to more than 6,500 photo badges, 150 alarm response drills and 26 site inspections. “Sharon is relied on heavily to facilitate tenant mission requirements and is very deserving of being selected,” said Mikel.
Jeron Hayes, public affairs specialist, was recognized as the Civilian of the Quarter, fourth quarter of 2013, for exceptional performance of duties. “Jeron serves as the principle conduit for the flow of official command information at both Dahlgren and Indian Head,” said Mikel. “She is the driving force in relaying critical information through social media, email communications and wide area networks.”
Mikel praised Hayes for her support of the 95th anniversary of Dahlgren events and the Combined Federal Campaign. “Because of Jeron’s enthusiasm and energy, many programs have been brought to the forefront again, aiding many military and community families,” he said.
Marissa Fabey, Moral, Welfare and Recreation site manager for NSF Indian Head, was recognized as the Civilian Supervisor of the Year. Fabey’s “effective leadership and communication ingenuity is what makes NSF Indian Head’s programs and events so successful,” said Mikel. “Her continued support to the various commands on the installation has greatly strengthened their relationship with MWR.”
Under Fabey’s leadership, MWR successfully completed a track project and a new playground. Ongoing renovations to Building 620 are also tracking, Mikel noted.
Carol Allison, transition assistance manager and personal finance manager for the Fleet and Family Service Center , was recognized as the Civilian of the Year for her outstanding performance managing the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program. Allison managed 2,556 volunteer hours and 775 clients to save them $142,000. Additionally, Allison skillfully managed the progression of the old Transition Assistance Program to the new TAP-GPS program.
“Carol also provides after-hours training for Sailors working the night shift through her ‘Military Saves Program,’ which teaches financial basics to Sailors,” said Mikel. “Because of her reputation, she was invited to teach age-appropriate financial lessons at Dahlgren School.”
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Handling 2nd Class Charlie Kirkpatrick and Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Jesus Lopez were recognized as the Junior Sailor of the Year and Sailor of the Year, respectively, for their “outstanding performance of duties, meticulous military bearing and positive attitude toward shipmates, Naval Support Activity South Potomac and the Navy,” said Mikel.
Lopez also received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement for “superior performance of duties while serving as the Naval Support Activity South Potomac military support division leading petty officer,” as well as serving as the command’s fitness leader.