Seaman Aundrea Maddox, dental assistant, Naval Dental Clinic, recently won the Blue Jacket Award for the Naval Branch Health Clinic Albany’s 4th quarter.
The Blue Jacket Award is a designation awarded to outstanding junior sailors, E-1 - E-3, quarterly.
Maddox, an E-3, was selected by his peers as a nominee then confirmed by his superiors as the recipient.
The Naval Dental Clinic is co-located with the Naval Branch Health Clinic.
Maddox now has his goal set to qualify for the Junior Sailor of the Quarter.
Once promoted to E-4, he is eligible to compete for that honor, he said.
“I really hope I don’t win (Blue Jacket Award) again (in the future),” Maddox said as he smiled. “If I’m not promoted before the next board, I will definitely try to win Blue Jacket Award again, but I hope I get promoted and can compete for Junior Sailor of the Quarter.”
Maddox minimized his effort in winning by saying, “You really just have to be at the right place, doing the right thing at the right time.”
Part of doing the right thing is to share with this team what he has learned.
“When I see new guys come in and they ask how things work, or want to know how to be successful on the job, I tell them to always be open to learn something or do something new,” he said. “Even if you don’t like what you are doing, it’s not about that particular task; it is about what you will learn from it, and how it will help you later.”
Petty Officer 2nd Class Mickey Robbins, administration work center supervisor, Naval Dental Clinic Albany, however, dispelled any thoughts of this being a mediocre achievement.
“This is a very competitive award, reserved for junior sailors who exhibit outstanding work ethics as well as community involvement and volunteerism,” Robbins said. “Maddox is not your typical sailor. He has a ‘can do’ attitude all the time, and is very mature for his young age.
“When he is assigned a task, I am confident I do not have to check behind him,” he Robbins. “It’s done efficiently, and it’s done correctly, every time.
“Maddox really knows his stuff,” he said. “When we have questions or don’t understand something, he is our ‘go to guy.’"
“He usually knows the answer right off, but in the few cases he doesn’t, he never fails to find the answer,” Robbins said. “He is one of those people you know will do well in whatever they decide to do.”
Maddox exhibits his volunteerism and community involvement by serving as treasurer for the Junior Enlisted Association here on base. The organization’s purpose is to provide opportunities for E-1 to E-4 sailors to interact with the local community as well as with each other on base.
Just as the Blue Jacket Award required the nod from his peers, Maddox had to obtain the respect and trust from his peers in order to be elected as treasurer.
Although the position carries a lot of responsibility, Maddox explained he ran for the position because he wanted to be fully engaged in the organization and make a difference.
“A lot of people told me holding a position would look good on paper, but I cannot be involved in something I am not willing to give my all to,” he said. “I really enjoy being a part of the Junior Enlisted Association because it allows me opportunities to meet people, to help people, to go places and really make a difference. That is important to me.”