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Knopes receives service honor

 

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HOMETOWN BOY GETS HONOR: Goldendale's own AM1 (AW/SW) Jason Knopes was recognized as the Third Quarter 2016 Senior Sailor of the Quarter (SOQ) from the Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) by the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a recent luncheon. Appearing left to right: Knopes' Department Leading Chief Petty Officer CMDCS (AW/SW) Weba Roberts; Christina Knopes, Jason Knopes; and Council President Tim Katona.

Goldendale's own Aviation Structural Mechanic First Class (AW/SW) Jason Knopes was recognized as the Third Quarter 2016 Senior Sailor of the Quarter (SOQ) from the Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a recent luncheon.

Knopes was presented an engraved soaring eagle statuette by Council President, Tim Katona, with assistance from Bremerton Mayor, Patty Lent. The carrier's Commanding Officer, Captain Greg Huffman, Command Master Chief, CMDCM (SW/AW) Benjamin Rushing, and Knopes' Department Leading Chief Petty Officer (DLCPO), CMDCS (AW/SW) Weba Roberts, were present to honor the stand-out sailor for his hard work and individual efforts. Huffman was also the guest speaker and enlightened the audience regarding achievements and challenges from the ship's recent deployment.

USS John C. Stennis (JCS) is the U.S. Navy's seventh Nimitz-class nuclear-powered carrier and is named for Senator John Cornelius Stennis of Mississippi. The ship was christened on November 11, 1993 by Senator Stennis' daughter, Margaret Stennis Womble and commissioned on December 9, 1995. Home-ported in Bremerton, Washington, USS John C. Stennis deploys with a crew of over 5,000 including the embarked Air Wing.

After completing a 16-month Docking Planned Incremental Availability maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in late 2014, JCS completed a challenging pre-deployment period and deployed to the Eastern Pacific to "show the flag" and protect our interests during a period of heightened tensions in the region. While deployed, JCS was the centerpiece of Rim of the Pacific 2016, the largest multinational naval exercise in the world, and returned to Bremerton in August 2016.

Knopes was also joined at the luncheon by his wife, Christina. According to his citation, Knopes led the Aviation Hydraulic and Pneumatic Repair work center through its semi-annual Quality Assurance Audit with minimal discrepancies and a grade of "On Track." Additionally, through his deck plate leadership, he was instrumental in his work center's completion of 47 maintenance qualifications, 31 Damage Control qualifications, six Maintenance, Material, and Management qualifications, 11 Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualifications, one Blue Jacket of the Month selection, one Blue Jacket of the Quarter selection, and one Junior Sailor of the Quarter selection.

While introducing Knopes, Roberts described him, in addition to being an outstanding leader, as an exceptional metal artist whose mentoring of junior sailors has kept morale high during the ship's latest deployment.

Knopes in turn praised the chain of command on the ship, as well as the sailors who work for him. He also thanked the Navy League for putting together the recognition event. The U.S. Navy established Sailor of the Year (SOY) and Junior SOY programs, fed by the four SOQs from that year, to recognize superior performance of petty officers with emphasis on outstanding achievements, exemplary personal conduct and military bearing, and demonstrated initiative in performance. The recognition program starts at the unit level (ship, shore command, aviation squadron, etc.). Each winner then competes at the next higher organizational level until one Navy-wide SOY is selected for each of four areas: Pacific Fleet, Atlantic Fleet, Reserve Force, and Shore Support Commands. Founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt, the NLUS is a civilian organization supporting the US Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and U.S.-Flagged Merchant Marine. It is a worldwide organization with 46,000 members in more than 250 councils, including more than 700 corporate and community affiliate members.

The three main objectives of the NLUS are to educate national leaders and public about the vital importance of a capable and fully prepared Sea Services, to support the men and women of the sea services and their families, and to advocate maintenance of a strong U.S. industrial base to secure America's future. Through its world-wide adoption program, the NLUS directly supports over 250 ships, 280 land-based military command, and 730 youth groups. More information about the NLUS and local chapters, as well as information about how to join the NLUS, can be found at

http://bremolympicnlus.wordpress.com.

 

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