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Sailors of the Quarter

Whiting Field Names Sailors of the Quarter

 Naval Air Station Whiting Field recently selected its Sailors of the Quarter for the First Quarter for fiscal year 2012.

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Scott Grettum, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Darrell Zofcin, and Air Traffic Controller Airman Keesha Hunt were respectively named the Sailor, Junior Sailor and Blue Jacket of the Quarter. All three Sailors were recognized for their outstanding performance on duty and within the community.   Grettum fulfills the duties of Naval law enforcement on base. Specifically, Chief Master-at-Arms Russell Nunn says Grettum “renders assistance to military and dependant personnel on the clarification of Naval law enforcement rules and regulations.”   Grettum does this, of course, while acting as mentor and trainer to junior Sailors and Department of Defense patrolmen and guards in security. All told, Grettum is responsible for the guidance of 50 security members.

In addition to being a watch commander on weekends, Grettum has donated over 200 hours of his time to various charitable organizations and causes such as the Moreno Mission, Religious Child Development, Operation Christmas Tree and Operation Elf.

Security Department Head Lt. j.g. Daron Pettus had high praises for Grettum, noting, “Grettum is without a doubt a true motivator, leader, and mentor… he is the finest example of a First Class Petty Officer.”

Junior Sailor of the Quarter Darrell Zofcin serves as Crash Division Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Chief.

His responsibilities include training an eight-man crew in proper aircraft firefighting and rescue operations at Naval Outlying Field Brewton. During his tenure as ARFF Chief, he has overseen more than 300,000 flight operations and the safe response to 15 actual aircraft emergencies.  Also during the calendar year, Zofcin has dedicated over 100 off-duty hours to the United States Sea Cadet Corps as officer instructor and physical training coordinator.  Lt. Russell Lawrence, Crash Division Officer, said Zofcin, “shows genuine concern for his Shipmates and constantly provides counseling and mentorship…”

Finally, Air Traffic Controller Airman Keesha Hunt was praised by Senior Chief Air Traffic Controller Trevor Rowe and Lt. Chris Mitchell, describing her as a “recruit poster” and “invaluable Sailor and controller.”

One of her greater accomplishments is qualifying “in four controlling positions in less than 40 percent of the allotted training time,” according to Rowe. What is more, Hunt is a qualified instructor who has trained four personnel in controlling duties at NOLF Choctaw.  Off the clock, Hunt participates in a number of activities including the command color guard, Divisional Community Service Representative, Divisional Exchange/Commissary Representative, and Habitat for Humanity.

Sailor of the Quarter honors are reserved for top-performing personnel at NAS Whiting Field. Sailor of the Quarter, typically, recognizes the top E-6 candidate; Junior Sailor of the Quarter, E-5; and Blue Jacket of the Quarter, E-1 through E4.


Editor’s Note – Media partners seeking additional information should call NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs at 850-665-6121 or 850-501-0433.

Posted by on Feb 2 2012. Filed under Military. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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