By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrea Perez, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Two Sailors from Navy Personnel Command’s (NPC) Career Management Enlisted Distribution Division (PERS-40) were recognized for their outstanding leadership, Feb. 23.
Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/AW) Mary A. Trice and Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman (SW/NAC) Jeramy P. Henson were selected for the NPC 2011 Senior Enlisted Leadership Award.
"The competition was extremely close and to select only two from almost 400 top-notch, hand-selected senior enlisted leaders was very difficult, but these two leaders truly represent the best elements of our senior enlisted leadership,” said NPC Force Master Chief (AW/SW/NAC) Jon Port. “They represent the truest sense of service in their leadership; service to those whom they lead and to the officers whom they help shape. They truly represent the best of deckplate leaders.”
According to Port, the goal of the Senior Enlisted Leadership Award is to recognize and award chief petty officers and senior chief petty officers who have demonstrated sustained superior performance, constantly promoted espirit de corps and encouraged extraordinary development of Sailors and a sense of responsibility toward the command and the Navy.
In 2011, as a Culinary Specialist detailer, Trice filtered 23,000 Career Management System/Interactive Detailing applications and wrote 2, 867 orders. She also managed the distribution and career growth of 7,683 Sailors. Her commitment to Sailors, while meeting the needs of the Navy, resulted in a savings of $3.2 million in Permanent Change of Station (PCS) funding.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Trice. This recognition represents my mother, my late grandmother, a host of mentors, Culinary Specialists, female Sailors and African Americans. I am standing on the shoulders of many people. Service to others is what it is all about for me. This award is a testament of that.”
Chief Trice served as one of the primary leads for initiating and spearheading the very first enlisted distribution/enlisted community manager video teleconference for more than 100 Sailors in Afghanistan and 200 Sailors in Iraq. Her efforts afforded NPC the ability to bring the enlisted distribution brief to Sailors anywhere in the world who normally would not get the opportunity to interact with their detailer while on deployment in a hazardous duty area.
As the PERS-40 career counselor and member of the command retention team, she mentored 307 Sailors and had a direct impact on NPC receiving its second consecutive Retention Excellence Award. During the 2011 Command Inspector General Inspection, the inspector praised her program by saying, “This is the best command retention program I have ever seen.”
Among her many other accomplishments, Trice was actively involved in the local community. Some of her volunteer work includes assisting with Toys for Tots collections in the Memphis area, supporting Meals on Wheels for NPC and mentoring troubled teens through the program Youth Villages.
As the Chief Petty Officer Association (CPOA) FedEx Fundraiser lead for two consecutive years, Chief Trice lead 125 chiefs in working various events at the FedEx Forum. As result of her leadership and guidance, the CPOA was able to donate $8,000 in scholarships to deserving students on behalf of the Mid-South CPOA.
Senior Chief Henson is the Hospital Corpsman detailer for the Full-Time Support (FTS) community and is the lead chief petty officer (CPO) for all the FTS detailers and order writers. In 2011, he led 17 Sailors in the management of a $15.2 million PCS/ TDI (temporary duty under instruction) annual budget while flawlessly executing direct oversight on 1,900 PCS transfers, and 750 TDI enroute. He also led his team in avoiding $2 million worth of expenditures by directing 250 no-cost moves.
"I am deeply honored to have been selected for this award. Receiving an award for doing something I truly love is amazing to me,” said Henson. “I am just one of many outstanding leaders who serve at Navy Personnel Command who has greatly impacted the Sailors and future of the Navy in a positive way.”
As a CPO 365 program lead, Henson constructed a plan that continuously trains and develops the Sailors charged under the Mid-South Chief Petty Officers Mess. Hand selected to lead Final Night during the Chief's Induction of 2011, his efforts resulted in the coordination of more than 400 Chiefs executing the event, which emphasized Navy heritage with cadence competitions and team work to future CPOs.
Henson was then elected by his Khaki peers to perform the duties as the Naval Support Activity Mid-South CPO Association 2012 Vice President.
Senior Chief Henson is also NPC’s Command Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA) and the NPC commanding officer’s direct advisor on all matters relating to alcohol or other drugs governing 20 subordinate commands encompassing more than 2,000 active duty and civilian personnel and in 2011 there were zero alcohol related incidents under his watch.
“I am sincerely grateful for the recognition and want to thank all who have helped me reach this point in my life. I want to pay a tribute to those who were nominated for this award,” said Henson. “They are all devoted professionals who are just as deserving of this award. So, I want to thank them, because I am really proud to be put in the same category."
As a mentor in the community, in 2011 Henson volunteered 100 hours of community service as a youth soccer and football coach for the Munford Parks and Recreation Department.
Both recipients will receive a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal at an awards ceremony in March.