USS Dallas Sailor Named Service Person of the Month
EAST LYME, Conn. - A Sailor assigned to Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Dallas (SSN 700) was named Service Person of the Month (SPOM) by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut on March 16.
Sonar Technician (Submarines) 2nd Class Brian Hoffman received the honor during a dinner meeting of the Niantic Lions Club.
"It's an honor to be here," said Hoffman. "I don't really look to do things for myself. i just do what i was brought up to do. Growing up, my dad always helped out our neighbors. When I helped, they tried to give me money, but my dad wouldn't let me take it. That was ok because we saw the appreciation in their eyes."
Hoffman's service to community extends on and off his submarine.
"if he wasn't helping a shipmate learn how to be a qualified submariner, he was out in town at a church helping with food. He was helping kids by tutoring at schools. He was marching in parades for veterans. I asked him why he was doing this, and he said that he likes giving back," said Mastcer Chief Tomas Garcia, Dallas' Chief of the Boat.
Hoffman was set to receive his award in February, but his submarine was out at sea.
"I never want to go away from being able to honor what we call the pointy end of the spear. We want to make sure the people on the ships get honored," said Denny Hicks with the chamber.
The Service Person of the Month Program provides community recognition of outstanding active duty enlisted personnel stationed in the New London/Groton area.
The program is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut in cooperation with all active duty units of military organizations permanently based in the area.
It is actively supported by local service clubs and civic organizations. Selectees are honored at an event sponsored by one of the local clubs or organizations. Annually, the Eastern Connecticut Council of the Navy League of the United States selects the most outstanding man or woman from the "Service Person of the Month" selectees to be honored as the New London/Groton area "Sea/Shore Person of the Year."
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