Feb 1, 2013
NAVAL AIR SYTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — NAVAIR honored its three Sailor of the Year finalists and announced the winner during a ceremony here Jan. 31 in the atrium of the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building.
“Each of our Sailors here today are the finest in our Navy,” said NAVAIR Command Master Chief Bret Joel, recognizing AZ1 (AW/SW) Marica L. Ferguson from NAVAIR 6.0 Logistics and Industrial Operations; AE1 (AW) Ryan Kirk from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division; and AWF1 (AW) Charles B. Davis of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 30 at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. “They have not only met, but surpassed, all expectations set forth for first class petty officers,” Joel said.
The event’s host, NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. David Dunaway, congratulated all three finalists before announcing the winner.
“We’re here to celebrate the best of the best,” Dunaway said. “These are very fine people competing at a high level. We’re recognizing them because they each broke out continuously over the years for sustained superior performance.”
Dunaway then announced Kirk as the 2012 NAVAIR Sailor of the Year.
Kirk, who was born in Modesto, Calif., enlisted in the Navy in January 2000. He currently serves as the Hangar 109 leading petty officer at HX-21 and will go on to compete for Vice Chief of Naval Operations Shore Activities Sailor of the Year.
Ferguson and Davis both received Navy/ Marine Corps achievement medals for their accomplishments.
“One final note to all of our Sailors of the Year here today,” Joel said. “You have distinguished yourselves not only here today, but before all of your shipmates in your command and the Navy. We know you will continue to serve the Navy and your country with the ideals of our values of honor, courage and commitment well into the future.”