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NETC Recognizes 2nd Quarter Excellence

08 June 2018
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) acknowledged staff members for excellence during the second quarter of 2018 at an all-hands call, June 7.
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) acknowledged staff members for excellence during the second quarter of 2018 at an all-hands call, June 7.

The Staff Sailor of the Quarter is Machinery Repairman 1st Class Joel Crawford, a Navy Instructor Training Course instructor at NETC Learning Site (LS) Great Lakes. During the second quarter, Crawford trained 119 students as instructors, recruit division commanders, and drug and alcohol program advisors.

"MR1 Crawford is very dedicated to instructing and always has a positive attitude," said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Adam Gee. "A lot of students have commented how he can make any lesson interesting, and he is willing to take as much time needed to help students when he isn't teaching."

Crawford qualified as a Master Training Specialist and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in general studies. During off-duty time, Crawford volunteered to pack 33,000 meals in the local community with a non-profit organization that provides meals around the world.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Crawford has been in the Navy for 15 years. He said working with a small diverse group has made his past 20 months at NETC LS Great Lakes very rewarding.

"Everyone has an understanding of what it is that they need to do here," said Crawford. "We also do an excellent job of identifying the strengths and weaknesses amongst the team and make it work for the benefit of all our students."

NETC's Senior Civilian of the Quarter (COQ) is Mark Thorne, the Corporate Enterprise Training Activity Resource Systems (CeTARS) program manager. Under his leadership, CeTARS was identified as one of the best managed applications in the NETC information technology portfolio. Additionally, he conducted reviews for several IT programs to maximize effectiveness for training quotas, class scheduling and equipment management.

"Mark sets the example for leaning forward and knowing the details of his work," said Mike Mosley, training systems program management branch head. "He is the epitome of what a program manager should be, and he's always willing to go the extra mile to get the job accomplished. Mark is a hard-charging individual who has a great rapport with his peers and is well-respected by all leadership."

A California native, Thorne retired from active duty as a senior chief electronics technician after 22 years in the Navy and has spent the last 10 years working with most of his current co-workers and said they are like a family.

"Each one of them is a professional with their eyes focused on doing the right things supporting the Navy's mission," said Thorne. "There's never a dull moment, and we deal with very complex issues."

NETC's Junior Civilian of the Quarter (COQ) is Robin Gochenour, an IT specialist recognized for her work in the redevelopment of the Navy Training Quota Management Systems (NTQMS). She spearheaded an analysis study and documented the replatforming portion of the NTQMS module in CeTARS.

Gochenour also identified and corrected issues related to the Naval Aviation Anthropometric Compatibility Assessment, a world-wide accessible, online anthropometric measurement database and cockpit compatibility assessment software program.

"Robin is known for her technical knowledge and expertise, and that, along with her collaboration skills, allows her to be successful in everything she does," said Ray Delemos, CeTARS technical program manager.

Gochenour served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps before joining the NETC team two years ago.

"I enjoy improving upon software programs that are aiding in the success of Navy Sailors, and I find the same objective challenging, sometimes having to reverse engineer programs to understand how I can improve them," said Gochenour. "The people I work with are very supportive and essential to my success. We all work together to get the job done."

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