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18 Navy Recruiters Worldwide Receive Top Recognition

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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Kyle Hafer
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The top Navy recruiters of 2017 were recognized for Navy Recruiting Command's (NRC) Recruiter of the Year (ROY) ceremony held at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington D.C., May 17.

Selection for this award is a testament to all the Sailors for their talent acquisition expertise and positive impact in their local communities.

Attendees of the event included Adm. Bill Moran, vice chief of Naval Operations; Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of Naval Personnel; Rear Adm. John Nowell, director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy; Rear Adm. Peter Garvin, commander, NRC; Rear Adm. Andrew Mueller, deputy commander, NRC; and Command Master Chief Donald Charbonneau, NRC.

"The Navy is growing in readiness, capability and capacity in order to be a more lethal, resilient and agile force to deter and defeat aggression by great power competitors and adversaries.... in other words, the Navy the nation needs," said Burke at the awards ceremony. "Some may think that our ships, aircraft and submarines are the Navy's most important assets, but really it's our Sailors."

Rear Adm. Garvin expounded upon the qualities that make up a Navy recruiter.

"We are here tonight to recognize the superb work of these outstanding Sailors," said Garvin. "They are the best recruiters in the United States Navy, and they represent the finest recruiting has to offer."

Legalman 1st Class Trisha Poynter, assigned to Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Ohio, believes her decision to become a recruiter was worth the challenge.

"Being chosen as a ROY is a great honor, I am very thankful and humbled to be chosen," said Poynter, recruiter of the year, Navy Reserve. "It shows that hard work, dedication and passion does lead to great accomplishments. I have had excellent leaders and mentors along the way that have made a great impact on my career and this accomplishment."

Also recognized for out-performing every other recruiting district was NRD Phoenix, NRC's Gold "R", District of the Year.

The ceremony was just one event during a three-day occasion held in our nation's capital city. The 18 awardees had the opportunity to visit the Pentagon and meet with senior Navy leadership including Robert Woods, assistant secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; and Patrick Barrett, deputy chief, Navy Reserve.

The 2017 winners include:
- Operations Specialist 1st Class Ryan Clark, Enlisted Recruiter of the Year, active
- Lt. Victor Agunbiade, Officer Recruiter of the Year, active
- Lt. j.g. Massimo Ongaro, Officer Recruiter of the Year, Navy Reserve
- Navy Counselor 2nd Class Jason Ellis, Sourcer of the Year
- Navy Counselor 1st Class James Condon, Sales of the Year
- Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class John Redshaw, Assessor of the Year
- Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Louis Smith, Onboarder of the Year
- Machinist's Mate (Nuclear) 1st Class Luis Saucedo, Nuclear Field Coordinator of the Year
- Machinist's Mate 1st Class Suemaya Dib, Station Leading Petty Officer of the Year
- Navy Counselor Chief Petty Officer William Currie IV, Division Leading Chief Petty Officer of the Year
- Ship's Serviceman 1st Class Fritzi Castillo-Trinidad, Diversity Enlisted Recruiter of the Year
- Lt. Derek Strauser, Diversity Officer of the Year
- Navy Counselor 1st Class Matthew Weldy, Medical Officer Recruiter of the Year
- Lt. Jeffery Shepard, Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Recruiter of the Year
- Utilitiesman 1st Class Kevin Yaksich, Navy Special Warfare/ Navy Special Operations Recruiter of the Year
- Personnel Specialist 1st Class Paul Lagman, Classifier of the Year
- Yeoman 1st Class Roy Stanley II, Support Person of the Year.

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