Two Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) employees have been recognized as the 2018 junior and senior civilians of the second quarter. NAS Jax Installation Mission Readiness and Training Officer Jim Butters is the senior civilian of the quarter and First Coast Navy Fire and Emergency Services Rescue Officer Ali Razi is the junior civilian of the quarter.
Butters began working at NAS Jax in June 1999. Since then, he has devoted countless hours working with tenant commands to improve overall explosive safety measures. This includes personnel qualifications and certifications, training, ammunition inventory management and accountability, explosive weapons handling, and explosives safety site approval submissions.
He is also responsible for ensuring all Department of Defense and Department of the Navy training is conducted by Sailors and civilian employees. Butters collaborates with tenant commands on the development of the Emergency Action Plans for active shooter while maintaining full situational awareness of fiscal training requirements.
He additionally is responsible for developing and facilitating a secondary active shooter training in support of more than 400 non-appropriated fund employees, which led to an overall completion percentage of 97 percent.
According to NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Brian Weiss, Butters’ “ability to identify critical logistic and resource assets were key to completing all mission level requirements. He continuously demonstrates leadership and a commitment to the NAS Jax team as shown by adding Command Resilience Team to his diverse role at NAS Jacksonville.”
After serving in the Navy for nearly 30 years, Butters just considers his job second nature to his training.
“If someone calls and asks for training or help, I never turn them down,” Butters said.
When he’s not working, Butters enjoys bowling, camping, family time, and is a self-proclaimed “baseball fiend” as a Boston Red Sox fan.
Razi has worked at the NAS Jax fire station for three years, first as a firefighter and then he became a rescue officer in March. His job proficiency has been proven on the emergency scene hundreds of times this year. He responds to mutual aid responses to include emergency operations, motor vehicle accidents and structure fires. Razi also serves as an aviation boatswain’s mate chief in the Navy Reserves.
According to Fire Chief Mark Brusoe, who nominated Razi for the award, “He is extremely proficient in all aspects of emergency operations and has instructed and participated in more than 300 hours of training, as well as developed multiple classes in both fire and emergency operations.”
“I enjoy being able to help people and have since I was a kid,” he said. “Working at the department, it’s like a big family and I like the camaraderie.”
In his free time, Razi enjoys remodeling his house, cycling, kayaking and eating ice cream.