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Goodner named Sailor of the Year

Published January 14. 2013 7:00AM   Updated January 14. 2013 7:21AM

Groton — The Naval Submarine School’s 2012 Sailor of the Year is Fire Control Technician First Class Sean Goodner.

Goodner, as the leading petty officer in the Fire Control Technician Advanced Training Pipeline, leads six instructors, supervises seven courses totaling more than 500 curriculum hours with more than 100 students, and annually provides basic and advanced training to more than 12,000 people.

He joined the Navy in 2005 and reported to the school in 2010 as an instructor. He qualified as a Navy Master Training Specialist in 2012. Goodner also serves as the Silver Dolphins administration officer.

Goodner said he’s fortunate to be a member of the instructional team in the schoolhouse because instructors there are training the next generation of undersea warriors. He said it was amazing to be selected for the honor.

“I’m fortunate to have great shipmates as instructors in my department and together, we work hard to set high expectations and maintain even higher standards of performance both for ourselves and our students,” he said. “In many ways, this award is recognition of all of our hard work.”

Goodner now advances to the next level of consideration and competition. Capt. David Roberts, commanding officer of the school, said Goodner’s dedication, leadership and superior performance is “nothing less than extraordinary.”

“Petty Officer Goodner always takes on the hardest assignments and always produces the best results,” he said. “He has unlimited potential that would guarantee success in any position of greater responsibility.”


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