Commander, Submarine Group Two

 MYSTIC, Conn. - Electronics Technician First Class (AW) Tyler Murray, from the Naval
Submarine Support Center (NSSF) Groton, is presented a plaque by Denny Hicks,
Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Director of Strategic Planning, after being
chosen as Service Person of the Month for March 2010. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics
Technician 3rd Class Melissa Gavin, Naval Submarine Base New London Public Affairs.

NSSF Sailor Chosen as Service Person of the Month for March

MYSTIC, Conn. – Electronics Technician Second Class (SW) Tyler Murray, from Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF), was selected as Service Person of the Month for March 2010. The Mystic Rotary honored Murray, March 22, at the Steak Loft in Mystic, Conn.

The Service Person of the Month Program provides community recognition of outstanding active duty enlisted personnel stationed in the Groton and New London areas. Headed by the Chamber of Commerce in Eastern Connecticut in cooperation with all active duty units of military organizations permanently based in the area, the program is actively supported by local service clubs and civic organizations who celebrate the monthly awardees at sponsored events.

 Murray joined the Navy in July 2002, after participating in the Delayed Entry Program in his hometown of Potsdam, New York. At his first command, the USS Frank Cable (AS-40) out of Guam, Murray became the top petty officer on board in less than a year. Since arriving in Groton just over two years ago, Murray has become number two out of the 117 petty officers in his command. He currently works with NSSF as a nuclear radiac calibration and repair technician. According to Commander Dale Green, NSSF Commanding Officer, few electronic equipment repair jobs are looked at with more scrutiny by more outside organizations.

Murray is currently nearing completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Three Rivers College and has been heavily involved in community service projects through the base. Working closely with the base’s volunteer liaison, Lena Blanch, Murray has spent countless hours volunteering throughout the surrounding communities.

 “It is important for servicemen to realize that we are part of the surrounding communities, and we must support these communities in any way we can,” said Murray. “The service we do in the community is just as important as the service we do overseas.”

Some of his more recent volunteer events include: Gales Ferry Elementary School’s Aerospace Festival, the Taste of Mystic event, the Mystic Chowder Fest, and the Groton Fall Festival. Thanks to the help of Blanch, Murray was able to become involved, and continues to stay involved throughout the community

“[Murray] has our base community liaison, Lena Blanch, on speed dial, as she does him,” said Green.

Denny Hicks, the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Director of Strategic Planning, presented Murray with the following gifts to honor his achievement: a plaque honoring him as SPOM, a gift certificate to Mallove’s Jewelers, a gift certificate to the California Pizza Kitchen, two passes to the Mystic Seaport, two passes to the Mystic Aquarium, a check from the Navy League, two 100 dollar U.S. Savings Bonds, and a special coin with the SUBASE seal and Team Connecticut Seal. Hicks also made Murray an honorary member of Team Connecticut.

Murray’s chain of command believed that he could not have been more deserving of this honor. They were grateful that the Rotary, as well as the other attending organizations, took the time to recognize the achievements of one of their top Sailors.

“I appreciate the fact that ET2 Murray’s activities in the community, outside his work, are recognized, and in particular recognized by great organizations such as the Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Navy League,” said Green. “He’s not just doing work right, and doing parent right, and husband right. He’s doing community and life right, because life is made richer when we serve the people around us.”