Vice Adm. John Donnelly, Commander, Submarine Force, presented a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal to Lt. Christian Beisel, Submarine Group 2 Material Officer, Dec. 5, for his involvement in developing future Navy officers during summer Midshipmen Cruises.
Beisel, Midshipman Coordinator and Training Officer for Submarine Group 2 from May through August this year, dedicated significant personal time mentoring and housing Midshipmen during the summer cruises, which expose future officers to the mission, tasks, and equipment within the Navy’s surface, subsurface, aviation, and Marine Corps communities. That exposure helps Midshipmen make an informed decision about future career options
Donnelly, who read from the award citation during a brief ceremony, stated, "Beisel’s commendable leadership and active involvement in the professional development of future officers resulted in the training of 149 U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen, various Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) units and two Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Officers," totaling nearly 1,300 days of training across 24 Midshipman Cruises on 13 submarines."
In addition, Beisel, 33, a 2003 graduate of Virginia Tech from Warrenton, Va, created a pre-cruise professional development tour, including facilities at Submarine Learning Center and General Dynamics Electric Boat, and the Historic Ship Nautilus (SSN 571).
"His flawless execution of all Midshipmen training will directly result in improved submarine officer manning for years to come," stated Donnelly. "Lt. Beisel’s managerial ability, personal initiative and unswerving devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United State Naval Service."
"I appreciate this recognition," said Beisel, "but I didn't take on this task to get awards. I'm just honored to be able to help shape and mold future leaders of Naval service."
Beisel also thanked his wife, Dana, for her support and patience.
Beisel, who graduated in 1994 from Fauquier High School in Warrenton, was accompanied to the award presentation by his wife, Dana, and daughters, Taryn, 6, and Quinn, 4. This is Beisel’s third Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
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