JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. –
Four Sailors were named as Navy Nuclear Power Training Command's Sailors of the Quarter during an all-hands ceremony Jan. 31, 2013, at the NNPTC campus on Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station.
Petty Officer 1st Class Ladunn Monday, Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Patin, Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Pagliarini and Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Traylor were recognized by NNPTC Commanding Officer, Capt. Jon "Jay" Fahs, as the fourth quarter SOQs for calendar year 2012.
"It felt really great to be recognized," said Monday, an Electronics Technician who serves as the command Drug and Alcohol Programs Advisor. "We have a lot of Sailors throughout this command who work extremely hard, and it is nice to know that the chain of command is recognizing our hard work."
The ceremony, which also acknowledged Sailors for their service as instructors and section leading petty officers, gave the honorees the opportunity to be recognized by the chain of command, not only for performing their day-to-day duties, but also for serving as role models for the students at NNPTC.
"Today we [recognized] several individuals who have performed exceptionally well from October to December," said NNPTC Executive Officer Cmdr. Theron Davis. "They stood out in a group of exceptionally talented and dedicated staff members and personally contributed to the command's mission."
There were several commonalities between each of the four Sailors including dedication, personal drive and exceptional knowledge in their respective ratings. Another common trait was each Sailor's commitment to NNPTC in general.
"I would say that one of the things that will make a Sailor stand out is the desire to take advantage of every opportunity available," explained Pagliarini, a Damage Controlman and building manager for NNPTC's Department of Transient Personnel. "I think being willing to be comfortably uncomfortable is a great asset. Being involved in as much as possible is really important."
The opportunity to help other Sailors achieve success is also important to the awardees.
"Mentoring is very important," said Monday. "Passing on the knowledge that you have learned to other Sailors is important because you want to help them succeed. It's very rewarding to be able to help junior Sailors and then watch them succeed as they progress in their careers."
These Sailors' commitment to excellence extends beyond just the command. Being involved in the community is also something that has set them apart.
"One of my favorite things that I had the opportunity to do here was the Pearl Harbor Veterans Banquet at the American Legion," said Pagliarini. "We had a chance to present awards to some World War II veterans and that was a great experience. Volunteering is always a rewarding experience and it helps you become a more, well-rounded Sailor."