DVIDS – News – NIWC Pacific ND1 Aaron Gruber named U.S. Navy Sailor of the Year


Navy Diver First Class (ND1) Aaron Gruber, from the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific Littoral Dive Unit, has been selected as Navy Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.

The SOY is a prestigious honor that recognizes Sailors who embody sustained superior performance, command impact, proven leadership and core naval values.

“Congratulations to our very own ND1 Aaron Gruber on being chosen as Navy Land Sailor of the Year,” said NAVWAR Deputy Commander Doug Small. “He competed and was selected on 24 Echelon II commands, which is an incredible achievement. We are all very proud of you.

Selected from a field of outstanding performers from all Navy shore-based commands, Gruber will receive the Navy Commendation Medal and be promoted to Chief Petty Officer (CPO) upon completion of CPO initiation. He will also attend the US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, RI and CPO Heritage Week aboard the USS Constitution.

“I couldn’t be more proud of ND1’s personal accomplishment here,” said NIWC Pacific Commander Andrew Gainer. “He was judged on his merits, through a rigorous process, and considered the best seafarer serving ashore in our navy today. That said, few sailors win at this level without a strong team around them. I also appreciate ND1’s mentors and friends at NAVWAR and NIWC Pacific who have supported his trip over the past few months. This includes all other competitors for Sailor of the Quarter and Year in FY20. A single sailor can win the highest honor for the navy, but each competitor helps push that sailor to the top. It’s a great victory for ND1 Gruber and for the NAVWAR and NIWC Pacific team. “

Gruber’s unit operates with various commands, branch departments and industry partners of the Department of Defense (DoD) supporting the Secretary of Defense and the Chief of Naval Operations research, development, test and assessment of projects essential to submarine warfare technologies and national security objectives.

As Dive Supervisor, Gruber is responsible for the safe leadership and direction of 41 Navy divers performing operations critical to fleet readiness. In FY20, Gruber successfully coordinated mission critical dive operations with pandemic restrictions in the second, third and seventh fleets, while planning and leading 26 project test evaluations spanning 203 calendar days.

“It has been an incredible and humbling experience,” said Gruber. “Having the opportunity to represent my command and the Navy Diver community at such a high level is something I will keep with me for the rest of my life. No one will achieve it. Without the support of those around them, and I can say without a doubt that I have had the privilege of serving with some of the best the Navy has to offer. “

Although the Navy Diver or “ND” rate was officially established in 2006, Navy divers have been around since the mid-1800s with tasks such as rescue and recovery, deep submersion, ship raising. , saturation diving and various integration efforts. Their first documented military operation took place during the Civil War in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Preparations for the battle included sending swimmers in front of the ships to clean up the mines that the Confederate States had planted at the entrance to the bay.

Additionally, Navy divers have built the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) underwater habitats to test the psychological and physiological stresses that humans can endure on the high seas.

Quite rightly, the motto of Navy divers is “we dive all over the world”. Members of this special operations force travel the world, working anywhere imaginable, in just about every possible underwater environment, from cold, muddy waters to warm, tropical oceans clear enough for underwater photography. .


NAVWAR identifies, develops, provides and supports information warfare capabilities and services that enable naval, joint, coalition and other national missions operating in the fields of warfare, from the seabed to outer space and to across cyberspace. NAVWAR is made up of more than 11,000 civilian, active and reserve service professionals around the world.

Date taken: 05/20/2021
Date posted: 20.05.2021 13:19
Story ID: 396951
Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, United States

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