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.
Four Award Categories
Senior Officer (O4 and senior)
Junior Officer (W2 through O3)
Senior Enlisted (E7 through E9)
Junior Enlisted (E5 through E6)
2014 Nominations: NAVADMIN 293/13, News Article, and 2014 USN Package Template
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2014 Award Recipients
Senior Officer: LCDR Pamela Klepac-Tulensru
Junior Officer: CWO3 Vanderla Akaka
Senior Enlisted: CMDCM(AW/SW/IDW) Cynthia Patterson
Junior Enlisted: YN1(SW) Shanika Jones
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?
No, due to PII concerns our office cannot provide copies of previous award nominations. However, there is a draft package template (link above) which you will find useful. 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: OSC Jessica Myers (email@example.com / 703-604-5482)
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