Commanding Officer Capt. Kevin Bartoe announced the selection of UT3 Justin Martin as Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East Fiscal Year 2015 Blue Jacket Sailor of the Year Nov. 16.
Martin currently serves in the Public Works Department (PWD) Okinawa, Japan Seabee Self-help unit.
“UT3 Martin consistently performs beyond the expectations of his paygrade, a trait which has been noticed by his superiors, peers, and subordinates,” said Public Works Officer Lt. Caroline Mayer. “He exemplifies professionalism in his daily conduct and in the execution of his duties, and sets the example for others to follow.”
In the PWD Okinawa shops branch, Martin’s personal efforts including daily leadership of two host-nation employees and a construction man, made the difference in executing critical work requests. This enabled Fleet Activities Okinawa sailors to get the facilities support they needed quickly.
The small size of the shop has also enabled him to get hands-on with construction work outside of his rate, giving him a unique opportunity to learn additional skills that he will be able to use and teach others in the future.
He volunteered his free time to support a variety of worthy causes, including community outreach programs with local school children, and a remembrance event for the fallen from the Battle of Okinawa.
He also sought out educational activities outside of what is required in an effort to become a better leader and person.
Martin joined the Navy in November 2010. His deployments have taken him to Afghanistan, Philippines, Okinawa and Samoa. Personal decorations include Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Capt. Bartoe also named Builder First Class (BU1) Jerma Cloude from PWD Chinhae as Sailor of the Year and Builder Second Class (BU2) Ronald Call as Junior Sailor of the Year.
“The hard work and dedication these deckplate leaders have displayed throughout the year is impressive and they truly represent the very best of the US Navy in the Far East area of operations,” he said.