By EAC Ernesto C. Escusa Jr., NCTC Port Hueneme Public Affairs
The Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering (CSFE) named Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Port Hueneme’s Engineering Aide 1st Class William Harris Sailor of the Year (SOY) for fiscal year 2012.
“Petty Officer Harris is one of the very best first class petty officers I have had the pleasure to serve with. His constant maturity and steadfast commitment to excellence is second to none,” said Lt. j.g. Grant Glover, Charlie Company Commander, NCTC. “To not only be the NCTC SOY, but to go forward and represent NCTC and win at the CSFE level is a tremendous accomplishment.”
As Disaster Recovery Schoolhouse (DRS) leading petty officer, Harris supervised three first class petty officer and one second class petty officer as they instructed 56 classes delivering 1,208 hours of instruction to 1,685 personnel. He personally instructed 49 classes, providing 1,148 instructional hours to 1,611 students during the execution of three “F” School courses and one “C” School course. According to student end-of-course critiques, their participation in these courses consistently enhanced the readiness and capabilities of the operational units they were assigned to throughout the NCF and Navy in Chemical, Biological and Radiological Defensive Operations (CBR-D).
“It is a great honor to receive an award of this magnitude, especially with all the great things my fellow Sailors are doing,” Harris said. “It is a deeply humbling and motivating experience that couldn’t have been possible without the great people who support and mentor me.”
“Like every year, the competition was extremely tough due to the fact that we have so many fine and dedicated professionals assigned to the CSFE Domain,” said Cmdr. Scott Loeschke, NCTC Commanding Officer. “We have many Sailors doing great things.”
As the assistant command career counselor, Harris mentored and provided guidance to peers and students alike. He was also elected vice president of the Acey-Deucy Association by his peers, and spearheaded a fundraiser – “Bowl for Kid’s Sake” – which raised more than $800 for the local chapter of the Big Brother and Big Sister Organization.
“Petty Officer Harris is a whole-hearted performer by nature and the epitome of our Core Values. Sustained superior performance, dedication to the mission and empowering leadership qualities should be recognized appropriately,” said Chief Construction Mechanic Anthony Moreno, who also serves as Navy military training lead. “EA1 Harris maintains these traits and encourages others to do the same, making him the Sailor that NCTC wants to represent them. That, in itself, speaks volumes.”
Harris was selected from a cadre of CSFE Learning Site Sailors of the Year that included: Construction Electrician 1st Class Jesus Torres, Civil Engineer Corps Officers School; Builder 1st Class James Pace, NCTC Gulfport, Miss.; Construction Electrician 1st Class James Brown, CSFE Detachment Sheppard Air Force Base; and Equipment Operator 1st Class Philip King, CSFE Detachment Fort Leonard Wood.