2011 LINQUISTS, LANGUAGE PROFESSIONALS AND COMMAND LANGUAGE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

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SUBJ/2011 LINGUISTS, LANGUAGE PROFESSIONALS AND COMMAND LANGUAGE 
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS//



RMKS/1.  EACH YEAR THE NAVY RECOGNIZES THE MOST OUTSTANDING LANGUAGE 
PROFESSIONALS AND COMMAND LANGUAGE PROGRAM.  THIS YEAR, FOUR NAVY 
SPECIFIC AWARD CATEGORIES WERE ADDED, TO INCLUDE AWARDS FOR NON-CAREER 
LINGUISTS.  

2.  IT IS MY DISTINCT PLEASURE TO ANNOUNCE THE NAVY'S 2011 AWARD 
WINNERS:
   A.  COMMAND LANGUAGE PROGRAM:  NAVY INFORMATION OPERATIONS COMMAND (NIOC) 
GEORGIA.
   B.  NAVY LANGUAGE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR:  CTI2 MICHAEL KATTNER FROM NIOC 
HAWAII.
   C.  SENIOR LANGUAGE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR:  CTIC ERICH KEOUGH FROM NIOC 
MARYLAND.
   D.  OFFICER LANGUAGE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR:  LT RICHARD J. OGDEN FROM 
MARITIME CIVIL AFFAIRS AND SECURITY TRAINING COMMAND.
   E.  LINGUIST OF THE YEAR (NON-CAREER):  CTR2 KRISHINA CHONBELL FROM NIOC 
MARYLAND.
   F.  SENIOR LINGUIST OF THE YEAR (NON-CAREER):  EMC TRUNG NGUYEN FROM 
SOUTHWEST REGIONAL MAINTENANCE CENTER.

3.  CTI2 KATTNER AND NIOC GEORGIA WILL REPRESENT NAVY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF 
DEFENSE LANGUAGE COMPETITION SPONSORED BY THE DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER IN MONTEREY, CA.

4.  USS ESSEX DESERVES MENTION FOR ITS RESOURCEFUL COMMAND LANGUAGE PROGRAM 
(CLP).  THE ESSEX CLP DEMONSTRATED THE EXTENT TO WHICH LANGUAGE, REGIONAL 
EXPERTISE, AND CULTURE CAN BE APPLIED IN SUPPORT OF THE MISSIONS OF NAVY'S 
GENERAL PURPOSE OPERATING FORCES, AND SHOWED PARTICULAR INGENUITY IN 
INDENTIFYING AND LEVERAGING THE CREW'S RESIDENT LANGUAGE ABILITIES.  

5.  I EXTEND MY SINCERE APPRECIATION FOR THE CONTINUING SUPPORT OF THESE VITAL 
NAVY LANGUAGE PROGRAMS AND OUTSTANDING SAILORS.  TO OUR AWARD WINNERS, THANK 
YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING DEDICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM.  PLEASE ACCEPT MY 
CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB EXCEPTIONALLY WELL DONE.

6.  RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL S. R. VAN BUSKIRK, N1.//

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