The United States Navy Association (AUSN) and the Association of Reserve Officers honored Lt. Nathalie Behn of the Norfolk Shipyard (NNSY), Deputy Officer in Charge of SurgeMain (OIC), Chief of fleet maintenance workshops department and the NNSY mooring officer as a junior officer. of the year.
After earning a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Behn joined the Navy in March 2016 and enrolled in the Engineering Duty Officer Qualification Program. Over the past three years while posted to Navy Reserve SurgeMain Norfolk, Behn has continuously trained herself and her Sailors to be ready for their mobilization missions in the maintenance of forward-deployed ships . Behn took the initiative to train in heavy lifting projects and devoted herself to many additional exercises to become fully qualified as a Mooring Observer and Fire Safety Officer at NNSY.
Commander of Naval Reserve SurgeMain Norfolk, Commander Mike Sullivan said: “In my humble opinion, Lieutenant Behn represents the best of the Navy – she is a talented professional making the most of the opportunities available to her, and she always works to open up avenues for her fellow sailors to make a difference in the fleet. She is incredibly bright, motivated, curious, organized and disciplined, and she brings others with her into battle! Initiative and preparation are two words. in bold print on her business card She finds an opportunity to make a major contribution, formulates a plan and moves forward with positive energy.
Behn’s personal dedication to professional development in direct support of mobilization meant that she was highly skilled and ready to quickly qualify as NNSY’s Senior Mooring Officer when she was mobilized in 2020. To In this title, she had primary responsibility for the safe docking and undocking of several submarines and an aircraft carrier, and received praise from two shipyard commanders for her outstanding performance, work ethic intense and exceptional attention to detail.
Behn’s reputation for her energy, initiative, infectious enthusiasm, and disciplined focus on execution made her the OIC selected by SurgeMain for a 72-hour rapid sea response pilot program on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). In January 2020, she embarked on IKE as an OIC, along with four SurgeMain Sailors, supporting Surge Maintenance in the Engineering Department during the Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). She immediately immersed her team in several engineering divisions and handled the day-to-day work of her sailors.
“SurgeMain’s effective support has helped stores, codes and maintenance projects on NNSY vessels improve availability schedules, increase maintenance capacity, increase efficiency, avoid contractor costs and perfect training in the maintenance of the Sailor depot. Five submarine supplies, two moored training ship conversion projects and two aircraft carrier supplies received substantial assistance. Under Behn’s leadership, during the recent mobilization of 400 sailors, SurgeMain Sailors provided more than 55,000 man-days of production, completed 15,500 days of training and obtained 450 certifications to perform maintenance at the NNSY shipyard, ”a Sullivan said.
“? said the commanding officer of the shipyard, Captain Dianna Wolfson.
The Reserve Organization of America (ROA) is a national, all-service, all-rank organization focused on maintaining a strong national defense capability and the AUSN is an outgrowth of that Navy-focused organization. The AUSN and the ROA, formerly known as the Reserve Officers Association, carry on the proud legacy of honoring each year a Navy selected Reservist as the Association of Junior Officer of the Year. reserve officers.