A sailor from Floyd, Virginia, assigned to Bahrain’s Public Works Department (PWD), Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Central (NAVFAC EURFACEN), was recently recognized as Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Atlantic, Sea Sailor of the Year.
“I joined the Navy because I wanted to change, to serve my country, to experience something new, and to get to know people from different walks of life,” Duncan said.
Today, Duncan is a Navy equipment operator
“What I love most about my job is the people,” Duncan said. “I love watching this sailor go from not knowing anything, then things suddenly fall into place for them and with the proper guidance or mentoring, they become one of the go-to sailors or Seabees.”
According to Duncan, the values required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in Virginia.
“I’m from a small town, so most people know you or at least a family member somewhere along the way,” Duncan said. “Since joining the Navy, I have always tried to maintain a small united unit type of leadership. I think it’s very important for the team or the unit to know their military family well because it helps a lot when someone may be in trouble because you know right away when someone is away or has need a listening ear.
Duncan also has family ties to Pulaski, Riner and Virginia Beach.
PWD Bahrain manages the planning and design of facilities projects, including acquisition, construction, leasing, environmental, maintenance and emergency support required by the Navy and Department of War Commands. Defense where the Navy is designated as the lead agent.
There are many opportunities for sailors to gain recognition for their command, community and career.
“One of my proudest moments in the Navy was when I did the chief petty officer class,” Duncan said. “It took me a while to do it, so it was a bittersweet moment for me. Also, being selected as Sea Sailor of the Year for NAVFAC EURFACEN was a shocking moment for me.
As a member of the United States Navy, Duncan, along with other Sailors, knows they are part of a tradition of service providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, global affairs and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the world and for generations of sailors to follow.
“The Navy means a lot to me because that’s all I’ve known for 17 years,” added Duncan. “I’ve had so many great experiences and met so many great people.
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Niegel, Navy Office of Community Outreach