By Regina Adams, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Weatherford was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for being selected as Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington 2017 Sailor of the Year during an award ceremony held at the Navy Museum on the Washington Navy Yard, April 23.
"I am very grateful to NAVFAC Washington for giving me the opportunity to compete for the recognition," said Weatherford, the Arkansas native. "I'm honored that I was chosen to represent the hardworking Sailors of our command."
Weatherford, a Utilitiesman, is the leading petty officer for Public Works Department Washington. His work responsibilities include managing construction project timelines and quality of work on those projects. He also mentors a team of 14 Seabees in job proficiency and military administration while overseeing annual training requirements.
Currently he and his team are working on renovating the Stargazer Cafe at the Naval Observatory.
"Petty Officer Weatherford is a strong leading petty officer and an exceptional role model who exemplifies the Navy core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment," said Chief Petty Officer Jesse Garcia-Montes, NAVFAC Washington Senior Enlisted Leader.
In FY 2017, Weatherford participated in the "Rebuilding Together" project to replace a concrete pad, a storm door and hand rails in Severn, Md. community. He also spent time at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Other volunteer projects include repairing trail bridges for a Baltimore city park and constructing military federation racquetball courts. Weatherford volunteered as a coach for the Silver Spring and Takoma Park youth baseball leagues.
Weatherford is qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist. His decorations include a Joint Service Commendation Medal, a Joint Service Achievement Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, an Army Achievement Medal and other unit and service awards.