By Twilla Smith
Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs
YN3 Antonio Draughn, OS2 Kelton Harvey, and QM1 Brandy Day were named Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) Blue Jacket, Junior Sailor and Senior Sailor of the Fourth Quarter 2017, respectively.
Draughn is a flag administrative assistant for Navy Region Southeast. He is responsible for the administrative support for 18 installations across the region's area of responsibility, with his specialty being processing awards and citations.
This quarter, he has processed over 150 awards and citations, and provided awards guidance to installations through the Southeast Region.
"It's a good feeling knowing that your work is being recognized by the shop," said Draughn.
"I feel like them putting me up for Sailor of the Quarter was their reward for me putting my all into my craft." When asked what advice he would give to fellow Sailors, Draughn
said, "The advice I have is to keep your head up and keep charging. You are not going to feel like giving 100 percent every day, but those days are the days where you need to dig deep and show up."
Along with his duties as a flag administrative assistant, Draughn serves as the family care plan coordinator and the Morale, Welfare and Recreation representative for flag staff.
Draughn is also a member of the CNRSE Command Assessment Team, where he played a key role in executing the region commander's command climate surveys.
"This was a great selection. Draughn brings heart and determination each day, giving his very best at all time," said Senior Chief Yeoman Terrance Burns, the Flag Admin leading chief petty officer.
"Draughn has become the go to Sailor here in the Flag Admin office. He goes above and beyond what I've seen a third class petty officer do. His hard work and dedication is unmatched, and I am very proud to have him as my Sailor and have him selected as the Blue Jacket of the Quarter."
Harvey is a region watch specialist for Navy Region Southeast. He is responsible for disseminating information from all 18 major Navy installations within Navy Region Southeast. Harvey became the battle watch knowledge manager during Hurricane Harvey, which entailed providing constant accurate updates concerning the storm.
During Hurricane Irma, Harvey helped to establish a secondary Regional Operations Center (ROC) in the event the main ROC lost connectivity due to it being in the path of the storm.
"I feel absolutely blessed and grateful for being selected as Junior Sailor of the Quarter," said Harvey.
"I would like to thank my chain of command and fellow shipmates for helping me along the way. Also, I would like to give a special thank you to my motivation, Lannette Fry-Jones."
When asked how he handled day-to-day challenges Harvey replied, "I always try to
maintain a source of happiness throughout any challenge, so I would have to say laughter is how I deal with day-to-day challenges. My early beginnings drive me to excel every day, as well as making people laugh."
Along with his duties as region watch specialist, Harvey serves on the Multicultural Heritage Committee. He is also very involved with the community.
During this quarter, he has volunteered 32 hours at the Jacksonville Zoo, the Windsor Assisted Living & Memory Care Facility and as a football coach for the Argyle Forest Spartans.
Day is the Regional Operation Center leading petty officer. She is responsible for supervising, managing and ensuring training qualifications are met for the 13 active component ROC personnel and the eight Reserve personnel. Day also mentors and provides training to six regional watch specialists.
During Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Day was responsible for the monitoring of installation readiness and hurricane conditions of readiness status for all installations threatened by the destructive weather.
Day's performance during these disastrous weather events were vital to the success of the command's mission.
"I am beyond humbled and excited about being the Senior Sailor of the Fourth Quarter," said Day.
"I want to thank my mentor who pushed me beyond my limits, and refused to give up on me."
When asked what drives her to excel every day, Day replied, "My children, because they are my reason for everything I do. Also my junior Sailors; they know I will go the distance for each of them, and I expect the same in return. We are ROC stars!"
Along with her duties as ROC leading petty officer, Day serves as the command financial specialist.
In this capacity she has delivered vital information on the new blended retirement system, car and home buying, and identity theft protection programs.
Day also volunteers in the community with the St. Johns River Youth Football Conference. She assists with football registration, administrative tasks, concession stand duties and after-school mentorship.
"I'm very proud of them! They make my job and working in the ROC very easy. Point them in the right direction with some guidance then stand back and leave them to it," said Chief Quartermaster Gregory West. He is the supervisor for Day and Harvey in the ROC.
"It is a worn-out phrase, but they do the little things well. No worrying about little issues turning into big problems. They work well with each other and raise the level of performance for everyone."
Individual selection criteria for the awards was based upon exemplary performance of tasks, contributions that enhanced organization accomplishment of command objectives, mission, teamwork or public image, and one's professional attitude toward self and others.
CNRSE Awards Blue Jacket, Junior, and Senior Sailor of the Fourth Quarter 2017
By Twilla Smith