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SUBJ/CALL FOR 2021 NAVY LANGUAGE PROGRAM AWARDS// 
 
REF/A/DOC/OPNAV/18MAY21// 
REF/B/DOC/DLIFLC/28NOV05// 
NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 5400.46A, COMMAND LANGUAGE PROGRAMS AND AWARDS.   
REF B IS DEFENSE FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER PAMPHLET 
351-1, EVALUATION GUIDELINES FOR DOD COMMAND LANGUAGE PROGRAMS.// 
 
RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN solicits nominations for the Fiscal Year 2021 Language 
Professional of the Year (LPOY), Command Language Program of the Year (CLPOY) 
and Linguist of the Year (LOY) awards pursuant to reference (a).  Reference 
(a) also renames the *LPOY award* for E-6 and below to the *Shannon M. Kent 
Award for Language Professional Excellence* in honor of Senior Chief 
Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) Shannon M. Kent, killed in action 
on 16 January 2019 in Manbij, Syria.  Awarded the 2010 Navy LPOY award as a 
petty officer first class, Senior Chief Kent was recognized as an outstanding 
language analyst whose unparalleled language proficiency, cultural knowledge, 
technical acumen and leadership proved paramount to the success of critical 
warfare missions in support of overseas contingency operations.  Later that 
year, she competed for and won the Department of Defense (DoD) LPOY award. 
 
2.  Each year, the Navy recognizes the most outstanding Command Language 
Program (CLP), military and civilian language professionals and non-career 
linguists contributing to mission success through the use of foreign 
language.  The top Navy CLP and the winner of the Shannon M. Kent Award for 
Language Professional Excellence will go on to compete at the DoD level.  The 
DoD program is managed by the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language 
Center and recognizes the most outstanding military language professionals 
(E-6 and below) and CLPs across the military services. 
 
3.  Award Criteria 
    a.  CLPOY:  Established by Chief of Naval Operations as an annual 
recognition of the top Navy CLP. 
    b.  LPOY:  Recognizes Sailors and Navy civilians whose occupational 
specialties require proficiency in a foreign language. 
        (1) Shannon M. Kent Award for Language Professional 
Excellence (CTI rating only, E-6 and below) 
        (2) Senior LPOY (CTI rating only, E-7 to E-9) 
        (3) Officer LPOY (foreign area officers (FAO) only) 
        (4) Civilian LPOY 
    c.  LOY (open to all communities except CTI and FAO): 
Recognizes personnel who have distinguished themselves while using foreign 
language skills, even though their primary duties do not require foreign 
language proficiency. 
        (1) LOY (E-6 and below) 
        (2) Senior LOY (E-7 and above) 
        (3) Officer LOY (officers and chief warrant officers) 
        (4) Civilian LOY 
 
4.  Additional nomination criteria and package requirements provided in 
reference (a).  This years essay topic for LPOY and LOY nominees will be 
announced in December via MyNavy HR 
(https://www.mynavyhr.navy.mil/Career-Management/Language-Culture/) on the 
language and culture page under career management.  In line with reference 
(b), the Navy may submit only one nomination to DoD for LPOY and CLPOY, 
therefore, type commanders (and equivalent commands) are requested to solicit 
nominations from subordinate units and submit only their best candidate LPOY 
and CLPOY to the Navy Language, Regional Expertise and Culture office (OPNAV 
N13F) for consideration.  The period of consideration for all awards is 1 
October 2020 to 30 September 2021. 
 
5.  Submit nomination packages by e-mail or DoD secure access file exchange 
to OPNAV N13F (ALTN_N13F1(at)navy.mil).  Packages without an endorsement from 
the type commanders (or equivalent command) will not be considered.  Due to 
processing delays of traditional mail, hardcopy packages are not desired. 
 
6.  Deadline.  All nomination packages must be received no later than 31 
March 2022 to be considered. 
 
7.  Point of Contact.  CTICS(IW/NAC) Kristina Koch, 
kristina.l.koch2.mil(at)us.navy.mil 
 
8.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, 
whichever occurs first. 
 
9.  Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1// 
 
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