Public Affairs Award/Citations


PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THE SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE OF HIS DUTIES AS A PUBLIC AFFAIRS LIAISON COORDINATING LARGE SCALE EVENTS HONORING THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. FROM 2016 TO 2018 PETTY OFFICER ELLIS DIRECTED OVER A DOZEN HIGHLY VISIBLE EVENTS BUILDING COMMUNITY RELATIONS WITH SENATORIAL, CONGRESSIONAL AND MAYORAL OFFICES, EDUCATING THEM ON THE MISSIONS OF THE MILITARY. HE DEVELOPED PARTNERSHIPS WITH GLOBAL COMMUNICATION COMPANIES SUCH AS IHEART RADIO AND LIVE NATION PROMOTING JOINT SERVICE COLOR GUARDS, FLYOVERS AND NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMANCES REACHING OVER 250 MILLION PEOPLE MONTHLY. HIS LEADERSHIP EARNED HIM THE POSITION AS COLOR GUARD CAPTAIN FOR THE DALLAS COWBOYS 2018 "SALUTE TO SERVICE" GAME WITH 63,189 FANS AND THE NAVY COLOR GUARD FOR THE TEXAS RANGERS' NAVY APPRECIATION GAMES WITH OVER 28,000 FANS. HE WAS ALSO RECOGNIZED AS THE "HOMETOWN HERO" AT THE DALLAS STARS HOCKEY GAME IN FRONT OF 18,432 PEOPLE. PETTY OFFICER ELLIS' EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSIONALISM AND DEVOTION TO DUTY REFLECTED GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND WERE IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.


MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AS TRAINING DEPARTMENT HEAD AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER TO NAVY RESERVE, U.S. FLEET FORCES FROM JANUARY 2017 TO JUNE 2019. AFTER SERVING AS ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER FOR 3 MONTHS, LIEUTENANT DARBY WAS HAND-SELECTED OVER HIS PEERS TO REPLACE THE 0-4 TRAINING DEPARTMENT HEAD. HE OVERSAW TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 12-MEMBER UNIT, AND FLAWLESSLY PERFORMED ADDITIONAL ROLES AS BERTHING COORDINATOR AND RESERVE PAY MUSTERING OFFICER. LT DARBY'S THOROUGH MANAGEMENT OF HIS DUTIES SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTED TO UNIT READINESS. AS A PUBLIC AFFAIRS ACTION OFFICER, HE PROVIDED OPERATIONAL SUPPORT TO JOINT TASK FORCE NATIONAL CAPITOL REGION 58TH INAUGURATION, THE GAINING COMMAND, BOLD ALLIGATOR 2017, FLEET WEEK NEW YORK 2017, 2018, ARDENT SENTRY 2018 AND 2019, FLEET WEEK FORT LAUDERDALE 2019, and VALIANT SHILED 2019. LIEUTENANT DARBY CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATED SUPERIOR LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT SKILLS, WHICH REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND UPHELD THE HIGEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.


CRYPTOLOGIC TECHNICIAN (TECHNICAL) SEAMEN REEDLER HAS SHOWN EXEMPLARY PROFESSIONALISM AND DEDICATION TO THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAM. HER TWO ARTICLES, INCLUDING THE STORY ON PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS KELLOG AND THE RECENT VISIT BY VICE PRESIDENT PENCE WERE WRITTEN IN A TIMELY AND HIGHLY ARTICULATE MANNER. BOTH ARTICLES WERE FEATURED ON THE FRONT PAGE OF NAVY.MIL SIMULTANEOUSLY, AN EXTRAORDINARY AND UNPRECEDENTED FEAT WHICH NOT ONLY BROUGHT PRIDE TO ALL THOSE SERVING ABOARD NAVY INFORMATION OPERATIONS COMMAND GEORGIA, BUT ALSO HIGHLIGHTED THE EXEMPLARY WORK OF EVERYONE ON BOARD AS WELL AS THE EFFORTS AND DEDICATION OF THE ENTIRE PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAM. THE EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSIONAL ABILITY, STEADFAST INITIATIVE, AND SELFLESS DEDICATION TO DUTY EXHIBITED BY SEAMAN REEDLER REFLECTED GREAT CREDIT UPON HER AND UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.


FOR OUTSTANDING MERITORIOUS SERVICE WHILE SERVING AS THE JOINT REGION MARIANAS PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER FROM XXXX XXXX TO XXXX XXXX AND AS THE U.S. NAVAL BASE GUAM PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER FROM XXXX XXXX TO XXXX XXXX. CHIEF MCGUIRE STEADFASTLY DIRECTED BOTH BASE AND REGION PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMS DURING AN 18 MONTH GAP OF ALL NAVAL BASE GUAM PUBLIC AFFAIRS BILLETS. THROUGH INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP AND DECISIVE MANAGEMENT, HE REALIGNED REGIONAL MANNING TO SUPPORT BOTH THE JOINT REGION MARIANAS COMMANDER AND THE NAVAL BASE GUAM COMMANDING OFFICER. HIS EFFORTS ENSURED NO LAPSE IN SERVICES, A 50% INCREASE IN BASE AND REGION FACEBOOK AUDIENCES, AND A RETURN TO TIMELY COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND OTHER NAVY AGENCIES. DURING HIS TOUR, HE EXPERTLY HANDLED ALL MEDIA ASPECTS OF THE DEATHS OF SEVEN SAILORS AND PROVIDED DIRECT SUPPORT AND COUNSEL TO THE SIX AFFECTED COMMANDING OFFICERS. ADDITIONALLY, HE DEVELOPED AND FLAWLESSLY EXECUTED THE COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY SURROUNDING THE GROUNDING, ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION EFFORTS, AND SALVAGE OF THE JAPANESE FISHING VESSEL DAIKI MARU 7 WHICH WAS GROUNDED ON NAVAL BASE GUAM PROPERTY. BY HIS EXCEPTIONAL ABILITY, PERSEVERANCE, AND DEDICATION TO DUTY, CHIEF MCGUIRE REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.


DURING THIS PERIOD, LIEUTENANT REEVES PERFORMED HIS DUTIES IN AN EXEMPLARY AND PROFESSIONAL MANNER AND DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF AS AN OFFICER WITH VISION. LIEUTENANT REEVES OVERCAME PUBLIC AFFAIRS OBSTACLES INHERENT IN JOINT INTERAGENCY OPERATIONS AND FORGED RELATIONSHIPS AND IMPROVED COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THEM. HIS COMMITMENT LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR EFFECTIVE PUBLIC AFFAIRS RELATIONSHIPS THAT THE COMMAND ENJOYS WITH OTHER INTERAGENCIES IN THE SOUTHCOM AOR AND THE MANY CIVILIAN MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS IN THE REGION. THE EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSIONAL ABILITY, STEADFAST INITIATIVE, AND SELFLESS DEDICATION TO DUTY EXHIBITED BY LIEUTENANT REEVES REFLECTED GREAT CREDIT UPON HIM AND UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE WHILE SERVING AS DEPUTY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER AT COMMAND U.S. 4TH FLEET FROM JANUARY 2013 TO NOVEMBER 2014. PETTY OFFICER THICKE WROTE AND EDITED OVER 60 NEWS STORIES FOR RELEASE. HIS EFFECTIVE WRITING STYLE WAS SUCCESFUL IN KEEPING THE PUBLIC APPRISED OF THE COMUSNAVSO MISSION AND MAINTAINING ITS STATUS IN THE PUBLIC EYE. BY HIS NOTEWORTHY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, PERSEVERANCE, AND DEVOTION TO DUTY, PETTY OFFICER THICKE REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.


DIRECTOR OF THE NAVY OFFICE OF INFORMATION, NEW ENGLAND FROM -------- TO --------. COMMANDER DOE DISPLAYED EXCEPTIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS EXPERTISE AND UNPARALLELED RESOURCEFULNESS WHILE MANAGING INTENSE AND HIGHLY VISIBLE PROJECTS SUCH AS THE FIRST AND SECOND EXPEDITIONS TO EXPLORE THE TITANIC, THE COMMISSIONING OF USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52), AND THE VISIT OF FIVE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION FRIGATES TO BOSTON. HER LIAISON RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NEW ENGLAND COMMUNITY WAS SUPERB, REVITALIZING AND ESTABLISHING SIGNIFICANT CONTACTS WITH REGIONAL CIVIC LEADERS. IN ADDITION, SHE PROVIDED IMPORTANT SUPPORT TO THE FLEET DURING MORE THAN TWENTY PORT VISITS TO BOSTON AND MANAGED MEDIA CONTACTS FOR KEY MILITARY MEMBERS SUCH AS THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY AND THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ATLANTIC FLEET. THE EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSIONAL ABILITY, STEADFAST INITIATIVE, AND SELFLESS DEDICATION TO DUTY EXHIBITED BY COMMANDER DOE REFLECTED GREAT CREDIT UPON HER AND UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE FROM APRIL 2014 TO OCTOBER 2015 AS PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPRESENTATIVE ABOARD USS RENTZ (FFG46), DESTROYER SQUADRON ONE. MC1 KELSO DISPLAYED SUPERLATIVE PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MENTORSHIP SKILLS AS PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPRESENTATIVE. HE EXCELLED ON THE USS RENTZ PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAM AND COORDINATED A WIDE RANGE OF TOURS ABOARD THE SHIP. DURING OPERATION CRUSTYCRAB, MC1 KELSO CONDUCTED PUBLIC AFFAIRS EVENTS INCLUDING TOURS FOR THE PUBLIC, MIDSHIPMEN TRAINING, AND OFFICIAL MILITARY VISITS. OVER 500 CIVILIANS AND 150 MIDSHIPMEN TOURED THE RENTZ DURING THIS TIME, ALONG WITH THE COMMANDANTS OF USMA AND USNA. MC1 KELSO TAKES PRIDE IN HIS WORK AND NEVER MISSES AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN FELLOW SAILORS OR LEARN FROM HIS SUPERIORS. BY EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSIONALISM AND SELFLESS DEVOTION TO DUTY, MC1 KELSO UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE NAVAL SERVICE.


LPO OF THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIVISION OF OPERATION RELIEF EAST TIMOR, MC1 SIZEMORE PRODUCED OVER 40 PHOTOGRAPHS, 15 NEWS ARTICLES, AND MAINTAINED THE HIGHEST DEGREE OF PROFESSIONALISM AND INTELLIGENCE WHEN INTERACTING WITH MULTIPLE PUBLIC NEWS AGENCIES. MC1 SIZEMORE PROVIDED MAXIMUM SUPPORT TO FULFILL DEADLINES FOR MEDIA RELATIONS AND RAPID RESPONSE TO HIGH-VISIBILITY EVENTS SUCH AS THE INITIATION OF OPERATION RELIEF EAST TIMOR AND THE MILITARY INTERACTION WITH THE PEOPLE OF EAST TIMOR. PETTY OFFICER SIZEMORE'S EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSIONALISM AND LOYAL DEVOTION TO DUTY REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND WERE IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.


PUBLIC AFFAIRS ACTION OFFICER FOR THE NAVY OFFICE OF INFORMATION WEST FROM XXXXXXXX TO XXXXXXXX. DEMONSTRATING EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGERIAL SKILLS, CHIEF SMITH PROVIDED DIRECT SUPPORT AS LEAD PROJECT OFFICER IN SUPPORT OF TWO MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PRODUCTIONS, "LONE SURVIVOR" AND "THE LAST SHIP", FEATURING THE U.S. NAVY'S SPECIAL WARFARE AND SURFACE WARFARE COMMUNITIES. CHIEF SMITH WORKED TIRELESSLY TO COORDINATE AND SCHEDULE 25 FILM LOCATION SHOOTS INVOLVING HUNDREDS OF NAVY PERSONNEL AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF MILITARY ASSETS TO DEMONSTRATE THE U.S. NAVY HIGHEST READINESS, CAPABILITIES, AND PROFESSIONALISM TO A WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE. CHIEF SMITH'S DISTINCTIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, UNRELENTING PERSERVERANCE AND STEADFAST DEVOTION TO DUTY REFLECTED GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND WERE IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE WHILE SERVING AS PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER FOR UNITED STATES FLEET FORCES COMMAND FROM MARCH 2016 TO SEPTEMBER 2019. CHIEF ROBLES PRODUCED UNPRECEDENTED, BEST-IN-CLASS VISIBILITY FOR THE NAVY'S NEWEST VIRGINIA-CLASS SUBMARINE, THE USS COLORADO. HE PERFORMED FAR ABOVE HIS PAY GRADE, LEADING PUBLIC AFFAIRS WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY COORDINATING THE EFFORTS OF SUBLANT, SUBASE NEW LONDON, AND U.S. FLEET FORCES PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAMS. HE DEVELOPED OVER 100 MEDIA PRODUCTS FOR DISSEMINATION BY PRESTIGIOUS NEWS OUTLETS INCLUDING THE DENVER POST, NEW YORK TIMES, AND WASHINGTON POST. IN ADDITION, HE OVERSAW THE SUCCESSFUL WHOLE-CREW SHOUT OUT FROM THE PEPSI CENTER JUMBOTRON. LAUDED BY STAKEHOLDERS, HE RAISED THE BAR ON SHIP COMMISSIONINGS AND MEDIA EXPLOITATION. CHIEF ROBLES' OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AND LOYAL DEVOTION TO DUTY REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE WHILE SERVING AS PRODUCTION CHIEF, U.S. PACIFIC FLEET PUBLIC AFFAIRS FROM JULY 2016 TO AUGUST 2019. CHIEF HATHAWAY STEPPED UP TO FILL A CRITICAL GAP AS THE CPOIC OF NAVY PUBLIC AFFAIRS SUPPORT ELEMENT DET HAWAII FOR SIX MONTHS, MANAGING ALL ADMINISTRATIVE, PERSONNEL, AND OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS. AS COMBINED INFORMATION BUREAU PRODUCTION MANAGER FOR THE 12-DAY PEARL HARBOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION AND RIM OF THE PACIFIC EXERCISE, SHE MANAGED THREE TEAMS IN ENSURING COVERAGE OF MORE THAN 300 EVOLUTIONS WITH PRINT, PHOTO, AND VIDEO CONTENT. ADDITIONALLY, SHE ARRANGED THREE PUBLIC AFFAIRS SYMPOSIUMS FOR OVER 100 JOINT SERVICE AND STATE DEPARTMENT PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROFESSIONALS, DEVELOPING IMMERSIVE AGENDAS AND ENSURING ALL LOGISTICS WERE EXECUTED FLAWLESSLY. BY HER NOTEWORTHY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, PERSEVERENCE, AND DEVOTION TO DUTY, CHIEF HATHAWAY REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HERSELF AND UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.


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