By Twilla Smith
Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs

NC1(SW) Vladimir Arias-Martinez and IT2(SW) Keston Adharsingh were named Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) Senior and Junior Sailor of the First Quarter 2014, respectively, Jan. 21.

As a Navy counselor at Navy Region Southeast, Arias-Martinez  assisted  fellow Sailors with 13 C-WAYPoint applications and assisted in the coordination of  a fleet engagement team visit with Navy Personnel Command that provided information to 800 sailors.  He also conducted 10 career development boards and four reenlistments during the quarter that resulted in 100 percent retention rate. As a command fitness leader, Arias-Martinez led fitness enhancement sessions that contributed to the command's 100 percent Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) pass rate.

In addition, Arias-Martinez is president of the First Class Petty Officers Association and the Multicultural Heritage Committee.  His off base activities include volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida and organizing food drives for the Mandarin Food Bank.

"NC1 Arias-Martinez is an outstanding first class petty officer who hit the deck running since checking onboard," said NCC (AW/SW) Jacqueline Gonzalez.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we see his name in the CPO Selection Board Results NAVADMIN this year." 

According to Arias-Martinez, he could never have accomplished so much without the help of others within the command.

"I am honored to be representing CNRSE as the Sailor of the Quarter," said Arias-Martinez. "We have an outstanding chain of command who does nothing but support and take care of its Sailors. I couldn't be more happy."

Adharsingh is assigned to the Regional Operations Center as a watch specialist.  He quickly qualified in his current position in order to sustain mission readiness to include two drill exercises that ensured all installations were 100 percent ready.  He also serves as the Regional Operations Center's budget officer and saved the department hundreds of dollars during his time in the position. Additionally,  he enhanced situational awareness for region program directors and special assistants by organizing more than10 briefings and teleconferences.

An active member of the community, Adharsingh volunteered locally with Feeding the Homeless and Habitat for Humanity Jacksonville.  He is also pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer information technology at Excelsior College.     

"IT2 Adharsingh always maintains an impeccable military appearance," said QMC(SW) Dexter Collins, Adharsingh's supervisor. "Honesty and integrity are not just

words - they are at the forefront of everything he does.  His professionalism and work performance clearly represent a Junior Sailor of the Quarter."

Adharsingh said it's a great honor to accept the award, however it was the support from people around him that contributed to his success.

"I'm honored to be nominated and selected as Junior Sailor of the Quarter, and I'm proud to represent the operations department and Commander, Navy Region Southeast," said Adharsingh.

Individual selection criteria for the awards were 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.