Local Sailor Selected For U.S. Navy Honor

Petty Officer First Class Hyun Park

U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Hyun Park, an Aviation Machinist’s Mate from Palm Beach, has been honored as Sailor of the Quarter for Second Quarter 2017 by Commanding Officer Capt. Phillip Dawson III of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD).

“Petty Officer Park flawlessly led 14 military and 25 contractors in the daily maintenance and record keeping of two MH-60S aircraft, 126 Aviation Life Support Systems and 115 pieces of support equipment,” Dawson said. “His actions significantly decreased aircraft and equipment downtime and ultimately ensured ready basic aircraft for the execution of Airborne LASER Mine Detection System (ALMDS) testing, eight Functional Check Flights and the timely launch of one Search & Rescue operation.”

Park said he believes the U.S. Navy has earned a powerful and a worldwide altruistic reputation.

“I call Palm Beach, Florida, my hometown since that is where I moved to when I came to the United States,” Park said. “I have always perceived the U.S. Military with great respect. This has always inspired me to want to serve in the world’s greatest military force.”

Dawson lauded Park’s performance.

“Park’s meticulous attention to detail, his exceptional professionalism, initiative and devotion to duty reflect credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service,” Dawson said.