Essex Sailor selected as AO of the year
Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andres Hernandez
Chief Select Aviation Ordnanceman Raymond T. Scott, who is assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) was awarded the John W. Finn Aviation Ordnanceman of the Year Award Sep. 6, 2013.

The award is named in honor of Lt. John W. Finn, the only aviation ordnanceman to ever receive the Medal of Honor.

"Receiving this award means a lot to the Sailors in weapons department.
It shows that all the hard work and dedication that we put in has not gone unnoticed," said Scott. "I've never worked with such a tight knit and motivated group of weaponeers. This award proves that we are the best on the waterfront!"

Hundreds of active-duty men and women from the Navy and Marine Corps community are nominated for the Aviation Ordnanceman of the Year award.
Scott says he was honored and excited to learn he had been selected.

"I just want to thank my family, my friends, the Association of Ordnanceman, USS Essex, weapons department and the late great Mr. John W. Finn for making this possible," said Scott. "If you truly believe in your abilities you will succeed!"

The ordnanceman picked for the award is usually from the E-5 or E-6 pay grade with nine to 13 years of active duty service.

"Being an aviation ordnanceman is more than just a rate; it's our life,"
said Scott. "Having the close bond within the aviation ordnance community is by far what I cherish the most."

Scott said that when his recruiter described the AO job rating to him he knew immediately that he wanted to be one and do nothing else for the Navy.

Aside from being selected for the aviation ordnance award Scott has also been selected for the rank of chief petty officer and will be promoted September 13, 2013.

"He is one of the future leaders in the Navy," said Essex Weapons Department Head Lt. Cmdr. Michael J. Kalphake. "He's a great team player and he understands that being a great leader is about getting the job done and taking care of your Sailors."
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