study biological samples. According to Hamilton, the
crew discovered two new jellyfish and pockmark areas
of the sea floor that revealed underground pockets of
Later in the mission, Healy deployed deep-water
moorings to measure the acoustic properties of the
Arctic Ocean. The cutter also deployed and recovered
two Sea Glider unmanned underwater vehicles that
surveyed the entire mooring array over three weeks to
measure the conductivity, temperature and depth of the
ocean while also taking oceanographic measurements.
During the mission, Healy mapped more than 10,000
square miles of ocean floor, including several areas of the
extended continental shelf, and recovered multiple rock
samples from the Alpha Ridge to fulfill an international
agreement with Canada, according to the Voyager report.
Following Hamilton’s remarks, Stiles presented the
commanding officer with a Healy painting and the evening concluded with the recognition of the cutter’s four
Sailors of the Quarter for 2016 — Electrician’s Mate
1st Class Omar Zaldivar, Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class
Julia Kinney, Information System Technician 2nd Class
Jordon Klett and Commissaryman Petty Officer 3rd
Class Catherine Towe, who was unable to attend — and
Sailor of the Year Marine Science Technician 1st Class
Sean Carrillo. Command Master Chief Scott Hudson
gave an overview of each crew members’ achievements
and Stiles presented each of them with a council certificate of appreciation and a check.
Winant Presents Award at NPS
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) alumnus Tom
Winant, a retired Navy lieutenant commander and
current president of the Navy League’s Pacific Central
Region, returned to the NPS to present this year’s Navy
League award to aviator Cmdr. Erik Lavoie.
It was an award Winant had earned in 1970 when
it was known as the Navy League’s Award for Greatest
Academic Achievement and he was a student in the
NPS Department of Operations Research, according to
a report from the NPS. Now known as the Navy League
Award for Highest Academic Achievement, it was
presented to Lavoie, a winter quarter graduate, at an
awards ceremony March 28.
Just prior to the awards ceremony, Winant shared
with Lavoie a memento given to him 47 years before,
a cigarette box with an inscription on a brass plate
extolling Winant’s “most improved status in consid-
eration of his educational background and the level at
which he matriculated, regardless of program.”
“To me, the [Navy League] award represents hard
work in an outstanding academic institution, and it
meant a lot. I’ve always thought of it with this phrase,
‘It’s not for how high you stand, but for how far
you’ve climbed,’” Winant said in the report.
Winant said it was pure luck that he made it to NPS
“I had just finished my tour in Vietnam and the
fellow at the assignment desk was generous enough to
share information about a billet I could take at the P.G.
school, besides the many ships that I could also be sent
to at the time,” Winant recalled.
“Thank you for sharing a piece of your history with
us, and for attending the ceremony to present the
present-day award. And thank you for your continued
good work with the Navy League,” retired Vice Adm.
Ronald Route, president of the NPS, said in a note to
Winant after the ceremony.
The award presentation was arranged by Dave Over-
ton, president of the Monterey Peninsula Council,
according to Winant.
Lavoie has flown hundreds of hours of counter-drug
missions, attended the Naval War College as a senior
lieutenant and served as a Reserve Center commander.
And even with all of his accomplishments and hard
work before arriving, Lavoie was looking forward to
taking full advantage of his opportunity at NPS.
“I came here as a fairly senior lieutenant com-
mander, commander select, not knowing if I had five
or 10 years in my Navy career to give back,” he said.
“I also came with the purpose of learning, and going
above and beyond academically, to grasp everything
I was being taught because I was keenly aware of the
valuable opportunity I was given to come to NPS.”
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Naval Postgraduate School alumnus, retired Lt. Cmdr. Tom Winant,
president of the Navy League’s Pacific Central Region, right, presented
the Navy League Award for Highest Academic Achievement to winter
quarter graduate Cmdr. Erik Lavoie at an awards ceremony March 28.
Winant received the award when it was known as the Navy League’s
Award for Greatest Academic Achievement in 1970.