Marine, Sailor win quarterly awards
Story and photo by Jeff Crawley Editorial assistant
Department of the Navy people swept the Ultima awards for the first quarter of the fiscal year, during a ceremony Nov. 23 at Smallwood Hall here.
Sgt. Kent Warner, of B Company, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion, is the Ultima Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Quarter.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Crismond, of the Naval Security Group Activity, is the Ultima Junior Service Member of the Quarter.
Installation Command Sgt. Maj. Esmond Bakker made the presentations, which included giving his coins. "You can't get a command sergeant major's coin that easy," said Bakker, "so that's impressive."
Warner, 29, is a self-taught Russian linguist that has been a Marine for almost eight years. He credits much of his success to his leaders.
"It takes good leaders to help train you the right way as you're coming up," said Warner. He noted that it took a lot of work on part of the command to do all the paperwork for award recognitions.
Crismond, 20, a cryptologic technician, has been a Sailor for a year. The Philadelphia native acknowledged the assistance he received from his peers who helped him study for the Ultima boards.
"I definitely appreciate the help that I received from my shipmates, the people that I work with and my friends," said Crismond.
Two Soldiers who won awards could not attend the ceremony. Spc. Kristy Vodarick, of U.S. Army Security Force, is the Soldier of the Quarter. The Army NCO of the Quarter is Staff Sgt. Fillaree Chapman of Headquarters and Operations Company, 742 Military Intelligence Battalion.
Service members who compete in the Ultima competition are selected by supervisors and then face boards. The service members must be familiar with such things as military customs and courtesies, regulations and be well-groomed. The Ultima board is made up of E-9s from various services.
The Ultima winners were also awarded the Army Achievement Medal, commander's coins, plaques and given special installation parking passes.
The Directorate of Community Activities and Army, Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) provided gifts including savings bonds and gift certificates to the winners.
First Command Financial Planning representative Robert Patton gave Crismond and Warner each an engraved desk clock.
"We encourage you to continue your outstanding service and pass on the guidance that you have received from your mentors," said Patton.
GEICO representative Matt Hauser presented the winners with gold watches.
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