By Kaylee La Rocque
Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Public Affairs

AS1(AW/SW) Johnny Opdenbosch has been selected as the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) 2013 Sailor of the Year (SOY). 

He is currently attached to FRCSE Detachment Mayport Ground Support Equipment (900) division where he works as division production control supervisor, main production control supervisor and quality assurance (QA) leading petty officer (LPO). 

"It is an honor to have represented FRCSE Detachment Mayport among Jacksonville and Detachment Key West," said Opdenbosch. "However, the greatest honor is to have been selected as FRCSE Sailor of the Year. This accomplishment serves as recognition of the hard work and performance of the entire detachment." 

Opdenbosch was selected as SOY for expertly managing the daily production efforts of 39 work centers in six divisions culminating in the training and qualification of four production controllers.  He spearheaded the detachment's Naval Aviation Maintenance program (NAMP) baseline system ensuring directive adherence through the detachment bringing 11 programs back to "on-track" status. 

He continually audits and monitors the divisions and 42 NAMPs analyzing trends and implementing controls for compliance. He also acts as a collateral duty inspector and provides mentoring and guidance to the QA supervisor on QA and NAMP programs and procedures.

A native of Barranquilla, Columbia, Opdenbosch moved to North Bergen, N.J. after graduating high school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1999. After completing boot camp at Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill., he attended Aviation Support Equipment "A" School in Pensacola, Fla. 

Opdenbosch reported to USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in January 2000 where he was advanced to third and second class petty officer. In January 2004, he transferred to the Center of Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jacksonville as a "C" school instructor. 

Two years later, Opdenbosch reported to FRCSE where he was selected Sailor of the Third Quarter. In January 2008, he transferred to VP-26 where he served as line division LPO, QA representative and maintenance control coordinator/safe-for-flight supervisor. He advanced to first class petty officer. 

Opdenbosch reported to FRCSE Detachment Mayport in 2012. During his tour, he led four first class petty officers and one chief petty officer in completing production control qualification, provided technical and NAMP support to the civilian maintenance detachment at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center, Andros Island, Bahamas. 

At Detachment Mayport, Opdenbosch's collateral duties include serving as First Class Petty Officers Association president organizing events to raise money for the command's children holiday party and coordinating Adopt-A-Highway cleanups; command lead financial specialist; and AIRSpeed representative - facilitating/instructing AIRSpeed and Lean Six Sigma concepts (Yellow/Green Belt) to 76 officers and enlisted Sailors.   

Opdenbosch is married with two children. While off duty, he enjoys spending time with his family, building and flying remote control airplanes, playing guitar and fishing. He is also currently working on his bachelor's degree in technical management with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 

His future plans are to make chief petty officer and subsequently become a chief warrant officer.