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Leadership Awards 

Leadership Awards    

     The Captain Joy Bright Hancock (Officer) and Master Chief Anna Der-Vartanian (Enlisted) Leadership Awards honor the visionary leadership of service members whose ideals and dedication foster a positive working environment for reinforcing and furthering the integration of women into the Navy.  Established in 1987, these awards are presented annually to recognize inspirational leadership of Navy service members on active or reserve duty.  

     Inspirational, innovative, and imaginative nominees should be mature leaders who have demonstrated leadership both on and off-duty, and have persevered to overcome challenges while serving.  Nominations should address nominees' professional accomplishments, leadership style, and community involvement.  

**Nominations for the 2015 awards are due by 16 February 2015 to LT Tawney Nakamura ( in the Navy Office of Women's Policy (N134W)**

Template for 2015 nominations: 2015 Hancock Vartanian Awards Template 

2015 Award Categories

  • Senior Officer category (O4 and senior)
  • Junior Officer category (O1-O3)
  • Mustang category (LDOs O1-O3 and CWOs W2-W5)
  • Senior Enlisted category (E7-E9)
  • Junior Enlisted category (E5-E6) 

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2014 Award Recipients

2013 Award Recipients

2012 Award Recipients

2010 Award Recipients

  • Senior Officer:    CDR Thurraya Kent
  • Junior Officer:     LT Cassidi Reese
  • Senior Enlisted:  UCCM(SCW) Jamye Rainwater



Can my command submit separate awards for active duty, full time support (FTS) or reserve personnel under the same award category?

No, each ISIC may submit (1) one nomination per award category.  Awards are considered Total Force.  The awards board does not differentiate between AC/RC/FTS. 

Can only women be nominated for this award?

No, the leadership awards are gender neutral.  Service members being nominated must show how their leadership, ideals, and dedication created a positive working environment which reinforced and furthered the integration of women into the Navy.

Can you provide me an award example, possibly from a previous winner, which I can use as a template?

Due to PII concerns our office cannot provide copies of previous award nominations.  However, please use the there is a draft package template You can also review the Navy Correspondence Manual.   

What is the required time period that the award nomination should cover?

There is not a set time frame for the nomination package.  The nomination package should reflect and highlight the service member's accomplishments over the span of their career, specifically items which show how the service member has gone above and beyond (e.g. took on additional responsibilities not normally required for their rank/rate).  The nomination package should present the service member holistically:  mission accomplishment through leadership, command involvement and visibility, self-improvement through education (e.g. Navy, NKO, off-duty), community involvement, command and/or department collateral duties, and sustained superior performance. 

Could you elaborate on the photo requirements?

Due to operational concerns we did not specify requirements for the photo, as we did not want the photo to preclude someone from being nominated.  The photo will be used during the awards ceremony for the printed program and slide show.  There is not specific size requirement, however, a higher resolution photo works best.  Reach out to your command PAO shop or consult with your local base photo shop for more assistance.  The uniform worn is normally SDBs, however, if deployed the prescribed Uniform of the Day is authorized.

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POCs:  LT Tawney Nakamura ( / 703-604-5077) 

For a complete list of all Award Recipients <<click here>>

 <<Click here to learn about other Diversity Awards>> 

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