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NEWS | Dec. 17, 2015

NSWC Dahlgren Division and NSWC Sailor of the Year Selections Announced

By NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications

DAHLGREN - Fire Controlman 1st Class Lloyd Bartlett is pictured in an official military photo taken Nov. 5 for his Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Sailor of the Year (SOY) nomination package.


Bartlett - named 2015 NSWC Dahlgren Division SOY in the last week of October - was among the finalists representing six NSWC divisions selected to compete for NSWC Sailor of the Year in November.


The computer systems integration and installation engineer was not selected for NSWC SOY, however, NSWC Commander Rear Adm. Lorin Selby commended Bartlett and the other finalists in his recent NSWC all hands message announcing the winner.


"From the day he reported aboard, FC1 Bartlett has been a key factor in the success of NSWC Dahlgren Division," said Selby. "His technical and tactical expertise allowed the Computer Program Management program to excel in providing the very best in combat system software support to the warfighter.  He continuously looks for ways to improve the program, while simultaneously providing his experience and expertise to those in the Fleet, truly contributing to the growth of those who will someday take his place."


Bartlett was quoted about his future plans in supporting the Fleet in a Fredericksburg based-newspaper article published last year. In response to a question about his long-term career goal, Bartlett said, "I will serve my country with  distinction and honor until retirement.  At that point, I plan to use my military electronics experience as a Navy civilian to help design, develop, and improve the capability of warfighting technologies for Sailors." 


Another NSWCDD Sailor - Fire Controlman 1st Class Tabitha Dickert - the SOY from the command's Combat Direction Systems Activity (CDSA) Dam Neck site located in Virginia Beach. Va., also competed for the NSWC SOY honor.


"FC1 Dickert is a superior deck plate leader who has made a profound impact on her command," said Selby. "She displays impressive work ethic, professionalism, leadership skills, and initiative that are key to the success of CDSA's diverse mission. She flawlessly serves a command of 400 personnel on all matters related to readiness," he said, adding that Dickert, "maintains a comprehensive mentorship program. Her unselfish and tireless devotion to her Sailors is evident.  She is held in the highest regard by her peers and superiors alike. FC1 is a talented professional who continuously exudes the leadership required and sought after in today's Navy."


In his message, Selby announced that Fire Controlman 1st Class Walter Harrison form NSWC Port Hueneme Division - White Sands Detachment was selected NSWC SOY for his immeasurable contributions to the Desert Ship and the Navy in a Joint Services environment. Harrison will represent NSWC at the Naval Sea Systems Command SOY Board in January 2016.


Each year, every Navy ship, station and command around the world chooses its Sailor of the year based on leadership, professionalism, dedication, and superior performance. These selectees compete against recipients from other commands competing at higher and higher echelons until the Navy's four finest are chosen and only one selected as the CNO Shore Activities SOY.


"The quality and caliber of the finalists during this year's competition was very impressive - a true testament to the leadership, technical expertise and great accomplishments achieved by all of our military members," said Selby regarding the candidates for NSWC SOY representing NSWC Dahlgren Division, Combat Direction Systems Activity Dam Neck, NSWC Crane Division, NSWC Indian Head EOD Technology Division, NSWC Panama City Division, and NSWC Port Hueneme Division.