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By Andrea Hein Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Communications Support

An organization named after a wild, free-spirited animal known for its intelligence and adaptability recognized a Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) employee Feb. 3 for his own brand of excellence.

The Southern Maryland Mustang Association (SMMA) honored Petty Officer 1st Class Dustin Trevino as the 2013 Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Sailor of the Year, just days after celebrating him as the 2013 NAWCAD Sailor of the Year.

Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, commander of NAWCAD, presented Trevino with a plaque and congratulated him on a job well done during the NAWCAD ceremony held Jan. 27 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

“Every time I read one of these, I am amazed by the breadth of experience that some of our Sailors come to us with,” Darrah said. “This is just another part of us recognizing the quality of the work you perform.”

Assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21, Trevino is the leading petty officer for the government inspection office and is in charge of more than 20 Navy and Marine Corps personnel who oversee civilian contract maintenance work on more than 30 military aircraft. He also heads a mentorship program he established to ensure all enlisted personnel below the rank of petty officer first class are assigned a mentor ranked chief petty officer or above. Mentors meet at least once a month with their protégés to discuss goals and accomplishments and offer career advice.

Cmdr. Rich Simpson, vice president of the SMMA and maintenance officer for Naval Test Wing Atlantic based at Pax River, presented a letter and a lone Sailor plaque to Trevino, recognizing his dedication to the Navy’s core values and his commitment to excellence. The award specifically acknowledges Trevino’s leadership and resourcefulness on an operational testing detachment to Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., as well as his lead position on a detachment to Wallops Island, Va., to repair a non-mission capable aircraft.

Trevino will go on to compete at the Vice Chief of Naval Operations level.

“I appreciate everybody selecting me to represent you at the next level,” Trevino said. “It’s a great honor and I’m very proud of it.”

The SMMA is a chapter of the national Navy Mustang Association (NMA). Membership in the NMA is reserved for present and former naval officers who began their careers as enlisted Sailors, have received at least one Good Conduct Medal and rose to the officer ranks through a sea service in-service procurement program.

At the ceremony’s conclusion, Darrah offered Trevino words of encouragement.

“I’m confident that you will do well,” he said. “Just keep doing what you’re doing and the rest of it will fall into place.”