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By Alyssa Menard, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
May 15, 2012

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Two U.S. Naval War College (NWC) employees were recognized as 2012 Rhode Island Federal Executive Council Employees of the Year at a luncheon held at the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport in Warwick, on May 7.

WARWICK, R.I. (May 7, 2012) - Federal Executive Council of Rhode Island Chair Peter Osborn presents Cmdr. Erice Dukat the Federal Executive Council of Rhode Island 2012 RI Federal Employee of the Year in the Military Professional category.Cmdr. Eric P. Dukat was selected by the Rhode Island Federal Executive Council as the 2012 RI Federal Employee of the Year in the Military Professional category and Yeoman 1st Class Joshua Dempsey received the Support Staff Employee Award.

Dukat and Dempsey were nominated by their supervisors, and the overall winners of each category were chosen by a selection panel based upon higher performance of duties and contributions to the NWC mission.  

Dukat is a member of the NWC Operational Level Programs’ Assist and Assess Team (AAT) from the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership. As a team member, he helps improve the readiness of the Navy’s eight Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs). In 2001, Dukat planned and coordinated academic support for international naval officers from the Arabian Gulf region to work effectively on a multinational maritime staff. He was also chosen to be an instructor in NWC’s Executive Level Operational Level of War Course designed for senior officers.

“He has a great sense of humor and is easy to work with, so it is not hard to figure out why both NWC and fleet personnel want Eric on their team,” said Jonathan Will, NWC AAT deputy director. “We are very happy that he won this award. It's great recognition for a lot of hard work over the years.”

WARWICK, R.I. (May 7, 2012) - Federal Executive Council of Rhode Island Chair Peter Osborn presents Operations Specialist 1st Class Joshua Dempsey the Federal Executive Council of Rhode Island Support Staff Employee of the Year Award.Dempsey was NWC’s second employee of the year winner. Since coming to the College he has received significant recognition throughout multiple departments. Currently, Dempsey works with NWC’s reserve affairs department reaching out to incoming reservists and actively supporting the War Gaming Department. He has assisted in academic departments and the Events Department along with helping plan major events such as the Current Strategy Forum and International Seapower Symposium. He was also in charge of the Combined Federal Campaign in 2010.

“People may not know him personally, but they certainly know his name,” said Operational Support Office Director Lt. Cmdr. Dave Pastorin. “Dempsey has a wide breath of impact on the people of this community and that’s why he was nominated. It’s great to see him win this honor.”

Other NWC nominees for Rhode Island Federal Executive Council Employee of the Year honors were EM1 Deon Wray for the John H. Chaffee Humanitarian Award, Professor John Roberts and OS1 Brian Traupman for the Management/Supervisory Employee Award, Dennis Zambrotta and BM1 Dennis Winters for the Technical/Supervisory Employee Award and Catherine Ramos for the Support Staff Employee Award.

Posted by Brie Lyons