NAPLES, Italy – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) released their selections for 2013 Sea Sailor of the Year and Shore Sailor of the Year, Dec. 4.
Equipment Operator (EO) 1st Class Andy Martindale from Public Works Department (PWD) Rota, Spain was selected as the Shore Sailor of the Year and Construction Electrician (CE) 1st Class Fred Wright from PWD Bahrain was selected as the Sea Sailor of the Year for calendar year 2013.
“This is just another testament to the kind of Sailors that are serving out here at our public works departments in Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia, said NAVFAC EURAFSWA Command Master Chief Jamye Rainwater. “It's a pleasure to stand next to these guys and the Sailors they represent.”
Martindale is the assistant operations general foreman for base support vehicle and equipment, and is the head contractor crane inspector for Rota. His job entailed providing crane support and access to shore power to more than 62 U.S. Navy ships, allowing the ship’s crew access to shore, enhancing morale and the ship’s readiness.
“EO1 Martindale has become a true leader at PWD Rota,” said Senior Chief Utilitiesman Sean Stewart, PWD Rota leading chief petty officer (LCPO). “A true advocate for Sailors, he provides exceptional mentorship and guidance, and utilizes his past experiences, both positive and negative, to lead and guide them to success.”
Wright is the leading petty officer for PWD Bahrain and performs administrative duties, outside of his rate, that support more than 49 Sailors, officer and enlisted. He assisted PWD Bahrain in completing 43 enlisted evaluations, 74 Career Development Boards, four accelerated advancements, five regular cycle advancements, two special program selections, and three Blue Jacket of the Quarter/Junior Sailor of the Quarter awards.
“CE1 Wright is the primary on the most influential command duties PWD has,” said Chief Construction Electrician Jonathan Heintz, Naval Support Activity Bahrain Military Construction project manager. “He exemplifies the Navy core values and provides a model example for others to emulate.”
“Thanks for the hard work and commitment to excellence,” said Rainwater. “We also want to acknowledge the superb nominees from each PWD who competed this year. It was a very close competition and all nominees should be proud of the significant positive impact they make every day.”