U.S. Naval Base Guam holds award presentations May 29

U.S. Naval Base Guam holds award presentations May 29

by U.S. Naval Base Guam
U.S. Navy

SANTA RITA, Guam (May 29, 2020) – U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Commanding Officer, Capt. Jeffrey Grimes presented several awards in three separate ceremonies aboard NBG in Santa Rita May 29.

The following were recognized for their dedication and outstanding service:

- Lt. Cmdr. Eric Mills, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Lt. Cmdr. Mills was awarded for meritorious service while serving as the Deputy Director for the Emergency Operations Center aboard NBG from March 2020 to June 2020. According to the award, “Lt. Cmdr. Mills’ invaluable support was critical to successful completion of the unique, never before accomplished mission of remediating a national strategic asset, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN)-71), from a COVID-19 Outbreak.” Lt. Cmdr. Mills was cited for, “building the playbook, acknowledged by COMPACFLT, as the model to revive USN Vessels.”

- Lt. Commander David Stevens, Meritorious Service Medal

Lt. Cmdr. Stevens was awarded for meritorious achievement while serving as the Executive Officer at U.S. Naval Base Guam from December 2019 to May 2020. According to the award, “as Deputy for NBG Operation COVID DEFEAT-19, he managed and oversaw 14 SMEs, 17 special assist assistants, and 7 task groups FHPES, providing health, logistical and operational support, security protection, and safety, while enhancing mission readiness by supporting the warfighter and families during the installations health protective order.” Lt. Cmdr. Stevens was cited for launching and sustaining NBG’s quality of life programs and identifying and remedying challenges impacting the health, safety, and well-being of over 33,000 Sailors and their families.

- Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Knapp, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Lt. Cmdr. Knapp was awarded for meritorious service while serving as Task Force Medical Officer-in-Charge from March 2020 to June 2020. According to the award, “Lt. Cmdr. Knapp’s support was critical to successful completion of the unique, never before accomplished mission of remediating a national strategic asset, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), from a COVID-19 outbreak.” Lt. Cmdr. Knapp was the cited for being the primary architect for plans to minimize the exposure rate and decrease the remediation timeline. She was also responsible for conducting over 6,000 swabs, administering primary care to over 1,200 patients, and the oversite of 6 mass care facilities.

- Lt. Jennifer Creech, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

- Lt. Shane Prybylski, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Both Lt. Creech and Lt. Prybylski were cited for their superior performance while serving as USMC Third Medical Battalion liaisons for NBG from March 2020 to June 2020. According to the award, they were integral to the remediation of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) from a COVID-19 outbreak.

- Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EODC) Matthew Rogers, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

- Chief Navy Diver (NDC) Jeremy Myers, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Both EODC Rogers and NDC Myers were awarded for their superior performance while serving as Task Group Sustain commanders for NBG from March 2020 to June 2020. Their support was invaluable to the successful completion of remediating the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) from a COVID-19 outbreak.

- Master-at-Arms 1st Class (MA1) Jeremy Evans, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

MA1 Evans was awarded for his meritorious service while serving as the Transportation Officer-in-Charge for NBG’s Crisis Action Task for Revive in support of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) from March 2020 to June 2020. MA1 Evans was cited for his superior leadership in establishing 11 transportation units providing 24-hour service between berthing and medical locations. According to the award, “his meticulous planning skills and keen oversight resulted in safe transport of over 2,500 sailors through complex troop movements directly preserving health and security of over 4,300 USS Theodore Roosevelt Sailors.”

Congratulations to all and job well done on your outstanding achievements!

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