PHNSY employee awarded George S.B. Walters Award

Capt. Greg Burton, commanding officer, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & IMF, joins former shipyard worker Lewis Walters in congratulating Ryan Kadota for winning the 2017 George S.B. Walters Shipyard Service Award. Photo by Justice Vannatta

PHNSY Public Affairs

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) Marine Machinery Mechanic Supervisor Ryan Kadota was honored with the 2017 George S.B. Walters Shipyard Service Award by the Honolulu Council of the Navy League of the United States at the annual Sea Service Awards luncheon on Nov. 16 at the Ala Moana Hotel.

This award was established by the Honolulu Council in 2006 to recognize the role of civilian shipyard workers in keeping the Navy’s ships and submarines “Fit to Fight!”

Recipients of this award are selected based on their overall outstanding performance, individual achievement, excellence in leadership, and participation in community activities. In honor of the award’s namesake, the award recipient must also exemplify the attributes of enthusiasm, initiative and team spirit.

Kadota was cited for a winning attitude and enthusiasm that is characterized as contagious. He was recognized for his ability to think “outside the box” and commended for ensuring first time quality and on-time completion of jobs assigned to his shop. Kadota’s nomination is a declaration that the quality of his work and the attitude of his team reflect his pride in his role in the shipyard.

Since 2006, the Honolulu Chapter of the Navy League has presented the George S.B. Walters Shipyard Service Award to the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard civilian employee who best exemplifies the enthusiasm, initiative and team sprit demonstrated by its namesake.

The award was presented to Kadota by Lewis Walters, George’s son. The younger Walters, who is now 92 years old, was also a shipyard worker who was present in the Navy Yard on Dec. 7. 1941.

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