Fire Control Technician Chief Petty Officer (Submarines) Richard F. Strubel, Leading Chief Petty Officer for Naval Submarine School’s Basic Enlisted Submarine School, BESS, has been selected to receive the 2013 Dennis Sulzer Memorial Leadership Award.
The annual award was established in 1996 in memory of a former Submarine Group Two command master chief who had passed away the year previously. The recipient is selected by the Commander, Submarine Group Two, and the award is traditionally presented at the Enlisted Submarine Ball.
Strubel was praised by Rear Admiral Richard P. Breckenridge, Commander, Submarine Group Two, for demonstrating “exceptional leadership and dedication to our Sailors and our Navy. He is highly motivated and a superb example of engaged Chief Petty Officer leadership.”
Dennis Sulzer enlisted in the Navy in December 1969 and served on seven submarines— including a tour as Chief of the Boat of USS Boston (SSN-703)—before he was named command master chief of Development Squadron 12 in Groton and a then a year later to the Group Two position. In 1990, he was named Brigade Master Chief at the United States Naval Academy before retiring in 1993.
Strubel directs a division of 22 instructors who managed 24 BESS classes, graduating 1,700 initial accession submarine Sailors in 2012—530 with distinction. During the past year, Strubel also served as the volunteer coordinator for Naval Submarine School’s Chief Petty Officer Association and, as such, worked with Groton’s Pleasant Valley School in various outreaches ranging from school field days, through reading books to first and second graders, and setting up a gallery for young art projects.
Captain David A. Roberts, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine School, in recommending Strubel, noted, “Chief Strubel has demonstrated the next level of ‘inspirational leadership’ from his very first day on my staff. He has made an incredible, positive impact on the future leaders of the Submarine Force through direct hands-on mentoring and is truly deserving of being honored as a recipient of the QMCM (SS) Dennis R. Sulzer Award.”