The 2014 Naval Test Wing Atlantic awardees take a moment to be photographed with their NTWL mentors and leadership at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Feb. 3. The 2014 awardees are Naval Flight Officer of the Year Lt. Cmdr. Marlin R. Smith, Test Pilot School Instructor of the Year Steven G. Potter, Maintenance Officer of the Year Lt. Cmdr. Scott A. Brown, Flight Test Engineer of the Year Kristen L. Clements, Maintenance Chief of the Year Chief Aviation Electrician’s Mate (AW/SW) Karl W. Rinker, Sailor of the Year Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW) Amber N. Heiser and Test Pilot of the Year Lt. Cmdr. Patrick B. Bookey (not pictured). (U.S. Navy Photo)

Patuxent River, MD — The lunch room at the River’s Edge conference center was filled with service members and civilians of Naval Test Wing Atlantic (NTWL) Feb. 3, all gathered to honor the command’s annual nominees and award recipients.

NTWL awardees included Test Pilot of the Year Lt. Cmdr. Patrick B. Bookey, Naval Flight Officer of the Year Lt. Cmdr. Marlin R. Smith, Flight Test Engineer of the Year Kristen L. Clements, Test Pilot School Instructor of the Year Steven G. Potter, Maintenance Officer of the Year Lt. Cmdr. Scott A. Brown, Maintenance Chief of the Year Chief Aviation Electrician’s Mate (AW/SW) Karl W. Rinker and Sailor of the Year Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW) Amber N. Heiser.

In addition to the awardees being honored with their names and photos displayed at the NTWL building, Capt. Brett Pierson, commander NTWL, decided to honor the recipients by having their stenciled names on the AV-8B Harrier aircraft on display near the NTWL headquarters building.

“I wanted do something different with the award recipients we have honored today, so starting this year their names will be painted on the side of that Harrier.”

Another change Pierson made to the annual awards ceremony was the inclusion and recognition of the test wing’s nominees.

“It’s extremely important to me to invite all the folks who were nominated from their commands to the luncheon and to be honored as those who are today’s award recipients,” said Pierson. “These are great folks we work with, and the people awarded today have distinguished themselves impressively, but anyone who was singled out by their commanding officer as their squadron’s nominee for any of these awards, I am incredibily proud of and would like all of us to give this group a round of applause.”

“It’s a privilege to work with this group every day.”