Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph E. Montemarano, Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Det. Northwest
EVERETT, Wash. — Two civilian personnel with Naval Station Everett (NSE) received awards for their selection as the civilian of the year during a ceremony at the Grand Vista Ballroom at NSE, April 11.
Rear Adm. Gary Mayes, commander, Navy Region Northwest, presented the awards to J.C. Towns Jr., Information Resources Management Department information assurance manager, and Brad Thionnet, Operations Department waterfront supervisor specialist.
“It’s very significant that both of the awardees came from Naval Station Everett,” said Capt. Mark A. Lakamp, NSE commanding officer. “The fact that they were chosen over all of the other civilian employees in the region just shows how much they stand out.”
Towns was selected as Navy Region Northwest Non-Supervisory Civilian of the Year and Thionnet was selected as Navy Region Northwest Supervisory Civilian of the Year, for their outstanding meritorious service.
“I’m very happy that the region selection board was able to see what we see here everyday,” said Lakamp. “They do an outstanding job supporting our information technology and our port operations.”
Towns completed 151 security technical implication guidelines checks in preparation for the Cyber Security and San Diego Network Operating Center Command Cyber Readiness Inspections with above average results.
“I think it’s a great recognition,” said Towns. “The people that surround me and help me work are the ones who deserve this award, without them I wouldn’t be able to receive this award. ”
Thionnet led a team that was vital to support of the fleet through port security barrier and oil containment boom openings and closings and rendering hotel service set-ups for more than 100 ship movements.
“As they tell me, receiving this award is a team sport,” said Mayes. “The support from their families and the support from the people they work with make this possible.”
As part of the selection, both Towns and Thionnet received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award (NMCSA) for their efforts at NSE from January to December 2016. The NMCSA is the third highest award a Navy civilian can receive.