posted on February 02, 2011 15:23
For a future sailor, the first face of the Navy is the recruiter they visit at job fairs, at their school or in the mall. For a recruiter, it isn’t about bodies to fill a slot, it’s finding that one of four applicants who are able to join the Navy, who are suited for the life of a sailor.
The top recruiters for 2010 were at the Navy Memorial last week, for a ceremony honoring them, their families and their commitment to duty. The awards ceremony was held on a snowy evening, that shut down most of Washington DC, but couldn’t stop the Navy from honoring these men and women.
At the ceremony, Vice Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, Chief of Naval Personnel, spoke to them, thanking them and their families for their dedication. Fifteen Navy Recruiters from around the world spent a week in Washington DC, meeting with Navy leadership and receiving awards for their recruiting efforts as part of the Navy's Recruiters of the Year celebration.
Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, in his remarks, said, "We have 5,300 Recruiters out there in 26 districts, and here we have the best of the best. What you - spouses, mothers, fathers, and families - do for these award winners is amazing. You are the wind beneath our wings, and I thank you greatly. What they [recruiters] are doing is planting the seed so that we will reap that and become the Navy of tomorrow. It was your predecessors who made us the great Navy we are today ... and you're going to decide the great Navy of tomorrow.”
The Navy Memorial joins the rest of the Navy in saluting these 15 men and women, who so ably represent the 5,300 recruiters in 26 districts of the Navy Recruiting Command.
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