Navy Installations Command announces 2017 Navy Fire and Emergency Services Award Winners
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A Navy Installations Command (NIC) panel chose the winners of the 2016 Navy Fire and Emergency Services (F&ES) awards, March 3.
The Navy F&ES awards program was instituted in 1997. Nominees were selected based on criteria developed by the Department of Defense F&ES Working Group comprised of the chiefs of the service component's respective programs.
"The Department of Defense, Fire and Emergency Services community serves largely without fanfare," Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Vice Adm. Dixon Smith said. "The fact that they are always able and ready to protect military bases and individuals 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without fail, has become a part of everyday base life."
These winners will continue as the Navy nominees for the corresponding DoD F&ES Awards:
Navy Large Fire Department of the Year - Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic District 3 Naval Air Station Oceana
Navy Medium Fire Department of the Year - Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka
Navy Small Fire Department of the Year - Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay
Navy Fire Prevention Program of the Year - Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka
Navy Military Fire Officer of the Year - Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Anthony Beck, San Diego Metro
Navy Civilian Fire Officer of the Year - Samuel Feltner, Naval Support Activity Naples
Navy Military Firefighter of the Year - Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Austin Ulas, Naval Support Activity Naples
Navy Civilian Firefighter of the Year - Yu Nalazawa, Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka
Navy Fire Service Instructor of the Year - Robert Whittemore, San Diego Metro
The winners of these Navy-specific award categories do not have a corresponding DoD level award to compete for:
Navy Emergency Medical Services Provider of the Year - Craig Wright, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay
Navy Fire Inspector of the Year - Keiko Sato, Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka
Navy Fire Chief of the Year - Kenneth Snyder, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic District 3 Naval Air Station Oceana
Navy F&ES Hall of Fame - Frederick Seibel, retired assistant fire chief, U.S. Naval Academy; Gelacio Rodriguez, retired region fire chief commander, Navy Region Midwest; Gerald Makowski, retired Pacific area fire marshal; and the late John McDonald, retired battalion chief, Naval District Washington.
"The annual F&ES awards are a great opportunity to recognize the outstanding work Navy civilian and military firefighters are doing across the fleet," Carl B. Glover Jr., director, Navy Fire & Emergency Services for CNIC said. "Our firefighters are prepared to respond on a moment's notice and, if called upon, risk their life to save a life."
For more information about the Navy's F&ES program, visit http://www.cnic.navy.mil/om/operating_forces_support/fire_and_emergency_services.html.
Navy Installations Command is comprised of approximately 52,000 military and civilian personnel worldwide responsible for the operations, maintenance and quality of life programs to support the Navy's fleet, Sailors, and their families.
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