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SUBJ/CALL FOR 2021 NAVY LANGUAGE PROGRAM AWARDS//

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NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 5400.46A, COMMAND LANGUAGE PROGRAMS AND AWARDS.  

REF B IS DEFENSE FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER PAMPHLET

351-1, EVALUATION GUIDELINES FOR DOD COMMAND LANGUAGE PROGRAMS.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN solicits nominations for the Fiscal Year 2021 Language

Professional of the Year (LPOY), Command Language Program of the Year (CLPOY)

and Linguist of the Year (LOY) awards pursuant to reference (a).  Reference

(a) also renames the *LPOY award* for E-6 and below to the *Shannon M. Kent

Award for Language Professional Excellence* in honor of Senior Chief

Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) Shannon M. Kent, killed in action

on 16 January 2019 in Manbij, Syria.  Awarded the 2010 Navy LPOY award as a

petty officer first class, Senior Chief Kent was recognized as an outstanding

language analyst whose unparalleled language proficiency, cultural knowledge,

technical acumen and leadership proved paramount to the success of critical

warfare missions in support of overseas contingency operations.  Later that

year, she competed for and won the Department of Defense (DoD) LPOY award.

2.  Each year, the Navy recognizes the most outstanding Command Language

Program (CLP), military and civilian language professionals and non-career

linguists contributing to mission success through the use of foreign

language.  The top Navy CLP and the winner of the Shannon M. Kent Award for

Language Professional Excellence will go on to compete at the DoD level.  The

DoD program is managed by the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language

Center and recognizes the most outstanding military language professionals

(E-6 and below) and CLPs across the military services.

3.  Award Criteria

    a.  CLPOY:  Established by Chief of Naval Operations as an annual

recognition of the top Navy CLP.

    b.  LPOY:  Recognizes Sailors and Navy civilians whose occupational

specialties require proficiency in a foreign language.

        (1) Shannon M. Kent Award for Language Professional

Excellence (CTI rating only, E-6 and below)

        (2) Senior LPOY (CTI rating only, E-7 to E-9)

        (3) Officer LPOY (foreign area officers (FAO) only)

        (4) Civilian LPOY

    c.  LOY (open to all communities except CTI and FAO):

Recognizes personnel who have distinguished themselves while using foreign

language skills, even though their primary duties do not require foreign

language proficiency.

        (1) LOY (E-6 and below)

        (2) Senior LOY (E-7 and above)

        (3) Officer LOY (officers and chief warrant officers)

        (4) Civilian LOY

4.  Additional nomination criteria and package requirements provided in

reference (a).  This years essay topic for LPOY and LOY nominees will be

announced in December via MyNavy HR

(https://www.mynavyhr.navy.mil/Career-Management/Language-Culture/) on the

language and culture page under career management.  In line with reference

(b), the Navy may submit only one nomination to DoD for LPOY and CLPOY,

therefore, type commanders (and equivalent commands) are requested to solicit

nominations from subordinate units and submit only their best candidate LPOY

and CLPOY to the Navy Language, Regional Expertise and Culture office (OPNAV

N13F) for consideration.  The period of consideration for all awards is 1

October 2020 to 30 September 2021.

5.  Submit nomination packages by e-mail or DoD secure access file exchange

to OPNAV N13F (ALTN_N13F1(at)navy.mil).  Packages without an endorsement from

the type commanders (or equivalent command) will not be considered.  Due to

processing delays of traditional mail, hardcopy packages are not desired.

6.  Deadline.  All nomination packages must be received no later than 31

March 2022 to be considered.

7.  Point of Contact.  CTICS(IW/NAC) Kristina Koch,

kristina.l.koch2.mil(at)us.navy.mil

8.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,

whichever occurs first.

9.  Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1//

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