NAPLES, Italy – Engineering Aide (EA) 1st Class Sean Barezi has been selected as Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic 2015 Sea Sailor of the Year, Jan. 25.
The Sailor of the Year (SOY) program recognizes Sailors that best represent superior dedicated professionals serving in a particular type of duty. The SOY epitomizes the Navy Core Values and is typified by a history of sustained superior performance, significant positive command impact, outstanding mission contribution and proven leadership ability.
"I am proud of him and proud to serve with such an outstanding Seabee," said Public Works Department Bahrain Public Works Officer Marcus Williamson. "Petty Officer Barezi's remarkable achievement is a result of his devotion to duty an unparalleled mission accomplishment. He exemplifies the Seabee "Can Do" spirit and will positively impact the Navy for many years to come."
Barezi assigned to PWD Bahrain, serves as the Performance Assessment Review Specialists (PARS) Branch Head.
As the branch head, he manages and assigns contract oversight via four local national employees while providing day-to-day quality assurance of all service contracts for 108 tenant commands. He conducted 1,060 quality assurance inspections across 22 facilities, totaling 1,590 man-hours and wrote 10 Scope of Work, 10 independent government estimates work $500,000.
"EA1 Barezi in my mind lives his motto. That is "be better than yesterday". I truly believe he was a better person every day. He shared with me his analogy on what tool he would use out of all the tools within the Seabee TOA [table of allowance]. In regards to leadership, he chose the hammer," said Chief Builder Joel Jones, PWD Bahrain’s senior enlisted leader.
Barezi explains why he chose a hammer and how useful the tool is for all Seabee rates.
"I picked it [hammer] because I compare it to the leadership. In our community [Seabees], we work as team, and the leadership plays a very important role in getting all Seabees together from different rates to accomplish the missions which, at times, is very challenging," he said. "The leadership, like the hammer, helps put all the expertise together and it helps corrects the deficiencies when necessary to produce a final quality product."
Barezi is responsible for the day-to-day operations of 20 Sailors as the production division leading petty officer. He is also the Facility Support Contracts Management and Facility Service/PAR, military construction assistant manager, command mentorship coordinator, command sponsorship manager and assistant command fitness leader.
His dedication to each program led to two junior Sailors being selected as NAVFAC EURAFSWA Blue Jacket of the Quarter, four junior Sailors being promoted to Petty Officer Second Class and five to Petty Officer Third Class. His efforts also resulted in a 99 percent retention rate, a 40 percent increase in off-duty education and high morale by his engaged involvement among the Sailors.
"PWD Bahrain offers a great opportunity for our Seabees to excel, it's one of the most demanding areas of responsibility in the Navy," said Williamson. "Our Seabees consistently demonstrate the initiative to take charge and complete any tasking set before them, ensuring optimal support not only to supported tenant commands but also the 5th Fleet. I have been very impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication from our Seabees stationed here."