Nov 20, 2012
NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, CA – A Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) Sailor has been selected as the best performing sea Sailor within all of Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC).
Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AT1) Cuonh Phung was named the COMFRC 2012 Sea Sailor of the Year during the annual competition held November 5-9, in Jacksonville, Fla.
COMFRC employs more than 5,700 active duty personnel.
While assigned to FRCSW Site Pt. Mugu, Phung served as the avionics division leading petty officer where he supervised 97 maintenance technicians from seven work centers. During that time, the command enjoyed a 92 percent ready-for-issue rate of avionic components for the fleet.
FRCSW Commanding Officer Capt. John Smajdek said that Phung’s leadership and dedication to mentoring junior Sailors were germane to his selection for the COMFRC award.
“Petty Officer Phung exhibits a strong attitude of `Junior Sailors first,’ which is evident by his daily mentoring and sincere concern for their success,” Capt. Smajdek said.
Looking to increase the success of junior Pt. Mugu Sailors, Phung established a weekly routine targeting the completion of professional military and in-rate training. He also promoted greater communication between senior mentors and junior personnel through monthly meetings and goal sheets.
"AT1 Phung possesses a rare blend of humility and dedication not often displayed at the 1st Class Petty Officer level. He consistently puts his Sailors’ needs above his own. He brought the Junior Sailor Advancement Workshop to our command, and made an immediate impact on advancement and unit morale,” said Avionics Branch Chief Petty Officer ATC (AW/SW) Soma A. Miwok.
Thanks to Phung’s efforts, 29 FRCSW Pt. Mugu Sailors were advanced to higher pay grades, and 30 Sailors within the avionics division were nominated for FRCSW Sailor of the Quarter.
A native of Garden Grove, Calif., Phung joined the Navy in 2000 because he wanted, “to travel around, learn new jobs, and get an education.”
The 30-year-old Sailor said he intends to make the Navy a career, and holds an associate degree from Vincennes University. When FRCSW Site Pt. Mugu was short a financial specialist, he volunteered to attend the Navy’s training to qualify for the position, enabling him to assist and advise his fellow Sailors on financial matters.
His next voluntary assignment took him to the jungles of Vietnam as a member of the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), where he was a vital link between the mission leader and local government officials.
Phung also served as a translator between the nine-member JPAC team and 60 local workers. The mission was successful, providing closure for the family of a U.S. service member who had been missing-in-action for over 40 years.
The father of three, Phung is an active volunteer at Patton Elementary School in Garden Grove, and has led an array of community events from beach cleanups to combating alcohol and drug abuse.
"AT1 Phung was a pleasure to work with,” stated FRCSW Site Pt Mugu Avionics Leading Chief Petty Officer ATCS (AW/SW) Lori A. Nunez. “He continually displayed a positive attitude of `Mission First, Sailors Always’. He is dependable, reliable and his drive and dedication is nothing short of superb.”
Phung is currently assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), where he reported in August 2012 as the Sea Operations Detachment Petty Officer in Charge.
“My selection for the (COMFRC) award was unexpected due to being deployed. But I was given the opportunity to board through video conferences and just did my best,” he said.
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