News Icon

News: Navy officer selected for Batchelder Award

Story by STEVEN HOSKINSSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

Navy officer selected for Batchelder Award STEVEN HOSKINS

Lt. Kevin Clarida, right, supply officer for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5, is presented the Vice Adm. Robert F. Batchelder Award by Daniel Branch, center, National President of Navy League of the United States, and Norbert Smith, left, President of Navy League Williamsburg-Yorktown Virginia Council, during a ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk, Aug. 25. The award recognizes the most exceptional supply corps officer who has made a significant contribution to supply readiness.

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. - Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5, Supply Officer, Lt. Kevin Clarida, was awarded the Vice Admiral Robert F. Batchelder Award in a ceremony Aug. 25.

The Navy League presented the award to Clarida at a ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk, Vista Point, honoring a total of five supply officers throughout the fleet.

“I’m honored to have been nominated by my command,” said Clarida. “Even more so to have been selected for the Batchelder Award.”

The Batchelder Award recognizes the most exceptional supply corps officer who has made a significant contribution to supply readiness. The award was established in 1983 in memory of Vice Admiral Robert F. Batchelder, a supply officer who served in the Navy from 1917 to 1957. Each year the Navy League awards the top officers serving in the supply corps field.

"I think it's a tremendous testimony to his commitment to the Navy and to his professionalism," said Lt. Cmdr. Scott Kraft, commanding officer of EODMU 5. "The award speaks for itself to be selected from all nominees. He would not have been awarded if he was not highly competitive and highly capable."

Clarida was recognized for his duties as supply officer for EODMU 5 and his deployment to Afghanistan where he was responsible for managing $350 million in supplies and equipment to support eight diversified explosive ordnance disposal units from U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, and the U.S. Air Force. As supply officer, he managed more than 1,800 supply items including EOD robots, used to fight against improvised explosive devices, tactical mine-resistant ambush protected all terrain vehicles, used to mobilize the units, armory, ammunition, generators, scopes, night vision, and host of other supply items to support the EOD units.

Clarida said he and his team worked a lot of man hours to support all the units and he recalls 2010 as being one of the busiest times he’s experienced since he became a supply officer six years ago.

“I only wish that the personnel who worked with me in were here so that I could assure they receive the credit they deserved,” said Clarida. “They were a major part of me being nominated.”

EODMU 5, part of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, are skilled technicians who are experts in explosives, diving and parachuting, and in underwater locations. They render safe all types of ordnance, including conventional, improvised, chemical, biological and nuclear explosives. Each EOD mobile unit deploys for mission specific worldwide deployments in support of joint Naval and combined task force commanders.


Connected Media
ImagesNavy officer selected...
Lt. Kevin Clarida, right, supply officer for Explosive...


Web Views
390
Downloads
0

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Navy officer selected for Batchelder Award, by STEVEN HOSKINS, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:08.25.2011

Date Posted:08.26.2011 11:11

Location:NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, VA, USGlobe

More Like This

  • Lt. Allison Adams-Jones was presented the Vice Adm. Robert F. Batchelder Award for her actions as customer service officer for Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 5, Air Cargo Detachment (ACD) 4 during a ceremony on board Commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG), Dec. 15.
  • U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Scott A. Stearney relinquished command of the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) to U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Bret C. Batchelder on Sept. 11 at the Pennsylvania House in Norfolk, Va.
  • For more than 50 years, Navy League has been recognizing the top performing enlisted female service members to award them the Navy League’s Enlisted Woman of the Year award. This year, a non-commissioned officer with 1st Marine Logistics Group was awarded the award for all her accomplishments so far.
  • Sergeant Matthew Abbate  was  posthumously awarded  the Navy Cross, the highest decoration that can be bestowed by the Department of the Navy and second highest decoration for valor, during an award ceremony at the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines' Parade Deck here, Aug. 10.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr