2016 SOY Finalist (Shore) - IC1(SW) Don William Aukshun

Interior Communications Electrician First Class Don William Aukshun was born in Rapids City, South Dakota at Ellsworth Air Base, but moved around frequently as part of a military family until his father retired in 1985 at Wallace Air Force Station in the Republic of the Philippines. He completed his education with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Saint Louis College in March 2001 while working part time as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor.

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he decided to move back to the United States to join the U.S. Navy. He shipped off to Recruit Training Center Great Lakes in January 2003. After completing IC "A" School, he received orders to Guam aboard USS Frank Cable (AS 40). He also served as a Quality Assurance Work center Supervisor and LPO of his shop, which primarily repaired and maintained forward deployed submarines in the Pacific AOR.

In July 2009, he transferred to Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit Great Lakes IC "A" School, where he advanced to Petty Officer First Class and served as an IC “A” Class and Lab Instructor, Command Supply Petty Officer and IC "A" School Student Coordinator.

In 2013, he transferred to the Electrical division on USS Denver (LPD 9) stationed forward deployed in Sasebo, Japan. He flawlessly led the Electrical division in the decommissioning of the US Navy's oldest LPD in September 2014 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Aukshun’s next assignment was to Dam Neck, Virginia for WSN 7b "C” School in preparation for orders to MCMRON 3 Maintenance Detachment Bahrain, where he currently works in the Engineering department.

Petty Officer Aukshun’s awards include the Navy/MC Achievement Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Expert Marksman (pistol) and various campaign and unit awards.

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