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Goodner Is Submarine School 2012 Sailor of the Year

Leading Petty Officer of the Fire Control Technician Advanced Training Pipeline, Sean Goodner, is Naval Submarine School’s 2012 Sailor of the Year.

Leading Petty Officer of the Fire Control Technician Advanced Training Pipeline, Sean Goodner, is Naval Submarine School’s 2012 Sailor of the Year.

Fire Control Technician First Class (Submarines) Sean Goodner is Naval Submarine School’s 2012 Sailor of the Year.

Petty Officer Goodner, the Leading Petty Officer of the Fire Control Technician Advanced Training Pipeline, is responsible for the leadership, mentorship, and qualification of six Instructors. Additionally, he is Course Supervisor for seven courses, including the Master Fire Control Technician Pipeline, totaling 544 curriculum hours with more than 100 students. Goodner annually provides basic and advanced training to over 5,000 officer and 7,000 enlisted sailors.

A native of Pasadena, Texas, Goodner, who joined the Navy in 2005, reported as an instructor in the Advanced Training and Readiness Department in May 2010 and qualified as a Navy Master Training Specialist (MTS) in August 2012.

Goodner also serves as the Silver Dolphins administration officer, and is responsible for the daily personal affairs for 40 of Naval Submarine School’s most promising initial accession Sailors who perform in over 200 community events and patriotic observances as a flag team, color guard and rifle drill team annually across New England.

The usually voluble Goodner was surprised and humbled by his selection. “I’m fortunate to be a member of the instructional team here in the schoolhouse. As an instructor you have a rare and rewarding opportunity to leave your fingerprints on the next generation of Undersea Warrior. It’s a challenge that’s both daunting but also exhilarating!

“We have so many talented sailors on the staff, it’s an honor to even be considered and to be selected is truly amazing! I’m fortunate to have great shipmates as instructors in my department and together, we work hard to set high expectations and maintain even higher standards of performance both for ourselves and our students. In many ways, this award is recognition of all of our hard work.”

In celebrating Goodner’s achievement, Captain David Roberts, commanding officer, Naval Submarine School, noted, “Petty Officer Goodner’s dedication, leadership and sustained superior performance is nothing less than extraordinary. He embodies exactly what any command needs in a First Class Petty Officer, providing energetic and intrusive deck plate leadership and much needed mentorship to junior sailors.

“His attention to every critical detail and ability to foresee problems is unmatched. Petty Officer Goodner always takes on the hardest assignments and always produces the best results. He has unlimited potential that would guarantee success in any position of greater responsibility.”

Goodner now advances to the next level of consideration and competition, as the Submarine Learning Center (SLC) Sailor of the Year, together with select Sailors from SLC training sites in Norfolk, Virginia, San Diego, California, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as well as the Trident Training Facilities in  Silverside, Washington and Kings Bay, Georgia.

The sailor selected in that review will then represent the SLC as its nominee for the Naval Education and Training Command 2012 Sailor of the Year.

Military Appreciation Breakfast Lets Community Say Thanks

Congressman Joe Courtney was one of the key speakers at the October 19 Military Appreciation Breakfast held at the Mystic Marriott.

by John Stratton

The spacious dining room of the Mystic Marriott is full with hundreds of uniformed military and their civilian well-wishers, the Navy’s Silver Dolphins post the colors, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy singers open the proceedings with the National Anthem. The Third Annual Military Appreciation Breakfast takes shape on October 19, a testimonial to the importance of the military to life in Southeastern Connecticut and the nation.

The principal sponsors this year are Electric Boat and Dunkin’ Donuts of Gales Ferry, Groton, and Montville, with many more area businesses signing on as supporters of the event. Regional legislators offered personal remarks, including Connecticut’s Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, and U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney.  Speakers representing military units in the area included Rear Admiral Richard P. Breckenridge, commander of Submarine Two; Major Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, adjutant general of the Connecticut National Guard; and Capt. Wes Pulver, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Barque Eagle.

Senator Blumenthal spoke for many when he noted that, “If you spend some time with these warfighters, you will have no doubt that we live in the greatest country in the world.”