Military Notebook: Macon native wins Navy award

March 2, 2014 

A Macon native serving as an engineer on an aircraft carrier has won a significant award.

On Feb. 21, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gregory Collins was awarded the American Society of Naval Engineers Claud A. Jones Fleet Engineer Award, according to a release. He is the first warrant officer to receive the award.

In October he earned his sixth Military Outstanding Service Award by logging more than 10,000 hours of community service. He also has been named Marine Engineer of the Year three times.

He serves on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the American Society of Naval Engineers,” Collins said in the release. “This award would not be possible if it were not for the superb leadership of my superiors and the technical prowess of my colleagues and sailors who I have served with during my engineering career.”

The award is given annually to an engineer who has made significant contributions to improving operational engineering or material readiness of maritime forces during the past three years.

Collins works in the Lincoln’s Damage Control Division. Commander Vincent Janowiak, the ship’s chief engineer, said Collins deserved the award.

“He has taken on a difficult job with significantly reduced manning and is playing many roles,” Janowiak said in the release. “The fact that he is doing so well is just another testament to his selection for this award. Everything that he does, he does with vigor and enthusiasm.”

Dental conference held at museum

About 300 civilian and military dental professionals trained together at the Museum of Aviation on Friday.

The event was a continuing education conference hosted by Robins with an aim to increase the alliance between military and civilian dental providers, according to a release.

Dr. Jeffery Nordin, a Navy captain and formerly the Navy Surgeon General’s Leader for Operative Dentistry, was the keynote speaker.

“By holding the training here, costs are significantly reduced for all involved as those receiving the necessary training to maintain licensure don’t have to travel outside of the local area to attend the similar courses somewhere else,” Lt. Col. Stephen Chartier, 78th Dental Squadron commander, said in the release.

The event also helps save money by not having to bring in professionals from outside the Department of Defense network, the release stated.

“We share a common interest with our local partners to sustain readiness,” Col. James Dienst, 78th Medical Group commander, said in the release. “This event is helping all of us do that for much less.”

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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