2018 Senior Enlisted Staff Leadership Award

On April 26, the inaugural Class of 1970 Senior Enlisted Staff Leadership Award was presented to AMCS (SW) Ryan Washa, 28th Company Senior Enlisted Leader. The award is bestowed annually to a senior enlisted member (E-7 through E-9) from the Commandant’s staff whose contributions to the leadership, professional, and moral development of midshipmen reflect the highest principles of excellence in professional and leadership development. Joining the Superintendent, Commandant, and Dean in presenting the award were Classmates Doug Guertin, Mike Novak, and Clint Adams.

Senior Enlisted Staff Leadership Award Background

The publication of Commandant of Midshipmen Instruction 1650.15 establishes the “Class of 1970 Senior Enlisted Staff Leadership (SEL) Award”.

This award is presented annually to a senior enlisted member (E-7 through E-9) selected from the Commandant’s staff (immediate staff or any division or department in the Commandant’s Cost Center) whose contributions to the leadership, professional, and moral development of midshipmen reflected the highest principles of excellence in professionalism and leadership development. The inaugural award is expected to be presented in April of 2018.

Since they became a part of the Bancroft Hall experience, the Navy and Marine Corps Senior Enlisted Leaders have provided a unique perspective to the development of midshipmen. They deserve to be recognized and rewarded for the long hours they devote to developing the next generation of our Navy and Marine Corps leaders. This award is long overdue, and we want to thank Classmate Clint Adams for proposing the award, drafting the instruction, and shepherding the instruction through the approval process.

As you may already know, this award is made possible through the generous contributions of our Classmates to a USNA Foundation Giving Fund. We thank those who have already donated to the fund, and to encourage all Classmates to also donate.

We still need additional funding to make the award self-sustaining. If you would like to contribute, you may do so via the USNA Alumni Association and Foundation web site: Go to www.usna.com. Click on “Make a Gift” at the right-hand side of the page. Scroll down to the “Class Year” drop-down menu and select 1970. The “Class Funds” menu will appear. Enter your donation amount in the block next to “1970 SEL Award.” Scroll down and fill in your contact information, and then click on “Continue.” On the “Your Gift Information” page, enter your credit card number. (Make sure that the page says, “$xxx.xx to 1970 SEL Award.”) Finish the submission. If you do not wish to pay with a credit card, you may send a check to the USNA Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Beach Hall, Annapolis, MD 21402. Be sure to indicate that your donation is for the 1970 SEL Award.

Updated: May 04, 2018
Curator: Ed Moore