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EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 30 Navy | Spring 2018 LT ANDREW GRANT is a native of Athens, Ga. He graduated from e Naval Academy Prep School in 2005 and from the United States Naval Academy in 2009, earning a Bachelor's of Science in political science and was elected track captain his senior year. Upon commissioning, Grant reported to Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Russell, home ported in Pearl Harbor. He served as 1st lieutenant and main propul- sion officer. While on board, he completed two ballistic missile defense deployments to the Arabian Gulf and earned his Officer of the Deck and Surface Warfare Officer qualifications. Grant reported to the staff of Commander, Task Force 52 (CTF 52) in Manamah, Bahrain, in 2012 as assistant operations officer/assistant future operations officer. As a battle watch captain, he helped plan and execute 13 international exercises. He transferred to the FTS Community in 2013 and was assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron One (CRS-1) at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif, where he served as the assistant operations officer for the squadron headquarters. In 2017 he reported to LCS (littoral combat ship) Crew 108 to serve as the combat systems officer for USS Milwaukee. Grant is authorized to wear the Surface Warfare Officer insignia. His military decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. LCDR JOHN WILKES is currently forward deployed to CTF 75 in Guam as the officer isn charge (OIC), Expedi- tionary Cargo Handling (CTG 75.2). In homeport, he is the logistics officer for Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) One in Williamsburg, Va. Born in New York City and raised in Austin, Texas, he enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard. Wilkes completed Basic Training and Patient Administration Advanced Individual Training in 1989. His enlisted career changed as he affiliated with the Navy Reserve in 1990 as a sonar technician (surface) and then changed ratings to builder in the Seabees. As an enlisted Seabee, Wilkes served with the Ninth Naval Construction Regiment in Fallujah, Iraq, in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in 2006. He was selected as Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 22's Battalion Junior Sailor of the Year for 2001. Wilkes accepted a Reserve commission through the Direct Commission Officer program in August 2007. AUSN Congratulates Junior Officers of the Year U.SL NAVY A USN each year presents the Junior Officer of the Year (JOY) awards to recognize perfor- mance excellence by Navy Reserve junior officers — one line and one staff corps junior officer serving on active duty as full-time support (FTS), and one line and one staff corps junior officer serving as a satisfactory participant drilling in the Navy Selected Reserve (SELRES). e awardees this year for work performed in 2016, and where that work took place, are: LT Andrew Grant (FTS line – Surface Warfare Officer School), LCDR John Wilkes (FTS staff – Navy Operational Support Center White River Junction, Vt.), LCDR Phillip McCorvey (SELRES line – CNE-CAN/C6F Detach- ment 802) and LT Danielle Wyle (SELRES staff – Navy Cargo Handling Battalion Eight). Named AUSN's Bea Ratner Award winner for excellence in nursing is LT Linda Johnson (Operational Health Support Unit Jack- sonville Detachment P, Fla.). ere were 28 competitive nominees in 2016, with all exhibiting the highest qualities of leadership and profes- sionalism. Learn more about these exemplary Sailors:

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