USS Makin Island
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USS Makin Island - 2014 Sailor of the Year Finalist (click here for more photos)
USS Makin Island - 2014 Sailor of the Year Finalist
David C. Dysart
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) First Class Petty Officer

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) First Class Petty Officer David C. Dysart is a native of St. Joseph, Mo. He attended Green Ridge High School where he excelled in baseball, going on to play collegiately. Dysart joined the United States Navy on Nov. 17, 2003. He attended Recruit Training Command and continued on to Airman Apprenticeship Training Core Course in Pensacola, Fla.

Dysart reported to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in San Diego, Calif. in March 2004. After six years, he transferred to Instructor Duty at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Three at Naval Station North Island. Dysart excelled in this very challenging billet. He was a stand-out second class petty officer who made first class in short order. After Instructor Duty, he transferred to the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in San Diego, Calif. Upon arriving, he was hand-picked to be the V-3 Division Leading Petty Officer (LPO), earning a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his efforts. From V-3 LPO, he quickly moved on to V-1 LPO, and finally, Air Department LPO. His leadership took a junior department through a compressed training and deployment cycle in just 15-months on board. Dysart also volunteered as Command Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor Assistant and Command Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Assistant.

Dysart’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Flag Letters of Commendation (2), and various service and campaign awards.
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