Hassler said he is extremely proud to be a mineman and the mine warfare community is unlike any other community in the navy.
“We are a rate this is very proud of our heritage and pride ourselves in the fact that by the nature of our rate we become a jack of all trades,” said Hassler. “At times our job can be very stressful but because of how small our rate is you learn to trust and rely on your shipmates.”
With almost 12 years of active duty service under his belt, Hassler said his next goal is making chief petty officer.
“My secondary goal is to continue to use all the resource the Navy has given me to finish college and get a degree,” said Hassler. “But I guess ultimately I would say I had a successful career if I can continue to be a positive role model and mentor to my junior Sailors and help them reach their goals.”
Hassler’s peers and supervisors praise his many accomplishments at the command.
“A master of his trade, Petty Officer Hassler is a role model for his peers, superiors and subordinates, as well as the community of San Diego, “said Capt. Randy Garner, the commander of LCSRON 1. “I depend on his knowledge and expertise on all mine warfare systems for successful daily operations and continued advancement of the MCM mission package, paramount to the future of the LCS program and our Navy as a whole.”
Garner described Hassler as an irreplaceable asset to the LCS MCM program and an integral leader on the leading edge of mine warfare.
“He is truly an exceptional Sailor, brilliant technician and tactician who is most worthy of the special recognition commensurate with selection as the 2014-2015 Mineman of the Year,” said Garner.
However, Hassler wants everyone to know that he didn’t win the award on his own.
“The hard work and dedication of everyone in my detachment is what won this award,” said Hassler. “I look at this as more of a group award and I just have the honor of picking it up for them.”
Established in 1977, the Association of Minemen was founded as a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the records and memories of the U.S. Navy mine warfare forces. Since their creation, the organization’s members have dedicated themselves to recognizing the contributions of Navy personnel in the field of mine warfare, holding commemorations and establishing memorials dedicated to the accomplishments of its members.