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PORT HUENEME, Calif. — Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Herr, a Continental native and a 2004 graduate of Continental and Vantage Career Center, was named Sea Sailor of the Year at Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, in Port Hueneme, Calif.

Herr is a 10-year Navy veteran and works as a steel worker. He performs tasks directly related to the fabrication and erection of pre-engineered structures, including steel reinforcement. He also performs various welding and cutting operations.

The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center announced Herr’s selection as NAVFAC’s 2013 (Sea) Sailor of the Year on Feb. 20.

According to David McKee with the Navy Office of Community Outreach Media Operations, Herr was selected for his outstanding work as detachment officer in charge overseeing more than 60 military and civilian personnel in the inspection, operation, and maintenance of vital power generation equipment at naval installations worldwide. Herr is attached to NAVFAC EXWC’s Mobile Utilities Support Equipment division.

“Petty Officer Herr did a phenomenal job leading his team in the support of essential power needs in diverse locations with varied energy supply requirements,” said NAVFAC EXWC Commanding Officer Capt. Mark. K. Edelson. “He is fully deserving of this high honor and his actions exemplify the Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment, and the spirit of NAVFAC.”

Glenn Sircy with the Navy Office of Community Outreach Media Operations said the NAVFAC Sailor of the Year program recognizes sailors who best represent superior dedicated service in a particular type of duty. The Sailor of the Year epitomizes Navy core values and is typified by a history of sustained superior performance, including significant positive command impact, outstanding mission contribution, and proven leadership ability.

Herr distinguished himself as the lead petty officer for MUSE as it supplied power for more than 7,000 personnel at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti; and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Va. His direct efforts saved the Navy $16 million in labor costs and contracted equipment.

“I’m honored to be chosen as the 2013 NAVFAC Sea Sailor of the Year,” said Herr in a press release issued by the Navy. “I feel privileged to represent my command, NAVFAC EXWC MUSE Division. I wouldn’t be where I’m at in my career without the support of my family. The guidance and support of my command and shipmates have made me a better sailor and they all aided in my selection. They deserve this honor.”

Sircy said Herr is deployed in top secret maneuvers and was unable to be contacted for an interview.

Herr will now represent the entire NAVFAC enterprise and compete with more than 25 Echelon II winners for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations Sailor of the Year.

Herr is the son of Art Herr of Pikeville, Ky., and Shellie Moran, of Continental.

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