DAM NECK, Va. — Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Grisel Encarnacion, daughter of Maribel Velez of Elizabeth, was selected as Sailor of the Year and recently received the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal while assigned as the Information Technician Manager, Combat Direction Systems Activity, Dam Neck, Va.
Encarnacion was the driving force behind correcting 425 trouble calls, installing 250 critical upgrades. In addition, she ensured the security patches to tactical support system networks and real time switching system networks remained connected, accessible and uninterrupted.
During her off time, she served as webmaster for Hampton roads chapter of the surface Navy Association and volunteered 107 off-duty hours to community projects.
Encarnacion also recently decided to extend her military service by re-enlisting for four more years.
Encarnacion is a 2002 graduate of Elizabeth High School and joined the Navy in April 2008.
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