By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant Wamack
A Sailor assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) was selected as the 2012 Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC) Engineer of the Year, March 5.
Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Roger Enriquez was selected from a group of top engineers from USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
“I feel honored and I’m grateful for being selected,” said Enriquez, leading petty officer of Stennis’ air conditioning and repair (A/C&R) shop, from Harmon, Guam. “It’s a big deal in my career especially when I’m ready to go up for chief next year.”
Enriquez pointed out a number of factors that led to his selection and success.
“I attribute my success to the Sailors who work for me,” said Enriquez. “Their hard work makes me shine. Plus, my chain of command recognizes me for the work I put in day in and day out. I’m thankful they recognized me and happy my family has supported me all of these years.”
Enriquez’ chain of command, who nominated him for the award, said his selection as Engineer of the Year was well-deserved.
“Enriquez was selected due to his drive and dedication,” said Chief Engineman Lakeith Williams, leading chief petty officer of A/C&R. “He takes pride in what he does and his ship is the best it can be. He is mission-oriented and he gets the job done.”
The Engineer of the Year award recognizes contributions to force readiness made by enlisted personnel aboard nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG), consisting of Stennis, Carrier Air Wing 9, Destroyer Squadron 21, and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), is forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Roger Enriquez, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), was selected as the 2012 Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Engineer of the Year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Marco Villasana / Released)