Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Top U.S. Navy Communicators Recognized

The U.S. Navy Chief of Information yesterday announced the organization's Mass Communication Specialists of the Year. Navy Mass Communications Specialists are enlisted personnel who perform all aspects of Navy public affairs, journalism, photography and other related functions. Each year, the Navy selects the top performers from sailors serving at sea, on land, and in the Navy Reserve. The National Association of Government Communicators joins the Navy in congratulating these government communicators on their achievements.

Mass Communication Specialists of the Year (Sea)
First Class Mass Communication Specialist (MC1) Jayme Pastoric 
Expeditionary Combat Camera, Norfolk, VA
During 2011, MC1 Pastoric was responsible for the Fleet Response Training Plan of 75 active and reserve Combat Sailors. He also both led and trained the Department of Defense's only underwater photographic documentation team, completing 400 dives with more than 6,000 hours of bottom time. Also, while deployed as a diver for Southern Partnership with Mobile Diving Salvage Unit Two last year, he led a detachment responsible for capturing more than 15,000 images and 200 minutes of video footage in four countries. MC1 Pastoric is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations as part of CTG 56.1 Combat Camera detachment.

Mass Communications Specialists of the Year (Shore)
First Class Mass Communication Specialist (MC1)  Cynthia De Leon 
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
Returning to active duty from the reserve component in May 2010, MC1 De Leon has been an integral part of the U.S. 5th Fleet public affairs team overseeing the publication of 2,500 print, photographic and video news products. In addition to serving as leading petty officer, she was also the acting leading chief petty officer for five months.

Junior Mass Communication Specialists of the Year (Sea)
Second Class Mass Communication Specialist (MC2) Kenneth Hendrix
Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet
As the public affairs supervisor for the U.S. 7th fleet staff, MC2 Hendrix maintains the command’s website and social media presence, which has become a key communication tool. Additionally, he helped approve approximately 500 news stories and more than 5,000 photos for release. MC2 Hendrix also provided photographic support for 30 key events throughout the 7th Fleet area of operations.  

Junior Mass Communication Specialists of the Year (Shore)
Second Class Mass Communication Specialist (MC2) Regina Wilken
Navy Information Operations Command Maryland
From January to June 2011, MC2 Wilken served as the command's public affairs officer while the position was vacant. Additionally, she wrote and edited approximately 30 stories as well as photographed more than 50 events for the command's publication, "Anchor Watch." 

Mass Communication Specialists of the Year (Reserve)
First Class Mass Communication Specialist (MC1)  Matthew Olay
NR Navy Public Affairs Support Element (NPASE) West
MC1 Olay is the leading petty officer for Navy Reserve NPASE West and was selected as the command's Sailor of the Year 2011. He led a two-man team during Exercise CARAT in Singapore, where he shot, edited and submitted 85 photos and one video. He also oversaw media teams documenting ceremonies for the commemoration of 9/11, Centennial of Naval Aviation and the 2011 Miramar Air Show, resulting in 57 photos, four news stories and two video products.

“These Sailors represent the best within our enlisted ranks,” said Rear Admiral Dennis Moynihan,”and I'm grateful for their dedication to service and their commitment to telling the Navy story.” 

Submitted by John Verrico

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