Name: BM2 Roger Byrd
Job: Divisional Career Counselor, Rig Captain, Deck Supervisor for USS Roosevelt
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Favorite Hobby: Bowling
Hero: BMCS(SW) Conrad S. Hunt
The Best Piece of Advice Received: Know your job, Know your people, Know yourself
Goal for the Navy: Retire, and continue to motivate and help advance Sailors' careers.
How Has the Navy Improved Your Life: It has made me more responsible and independent and to become an effective leader.
The reason why the Sailor Chosen To Be The Sailor of the Week?
BM2 Byrd completed the rigorous Rig Captain qualification. During our last CONREP, on the RAS station, where he supervised and directed personnel in the on load of 70+ pallets of stores and ammunition with zero safety discrepancies. This was no ordinary task, due to an actual engineering casualty which resulted in an actual emergency breakaway. No Sailors were injured and no equipment was damaged in the event which allowed Roosevelt to recover from the casualty and come alongside again to retrieve the remaining pallets of ammunition before a SOH transit.
While in port Manama, Bahrain, BM2 supervised the work being conducted in the JLG and even spent 10 hours in it himself. The JLG allowed Deck Sailors to make progress on the ship's preservation plan by getting them to the top of the forward and after exhaust stacks, where they could preserve compromised steel to be primed and painted IAW NSTM 631 and NAVSEA Standard Item 009-32 (paint scheme for surface ships).
BM2 Byrd's diligence for obtaining career goals for Sailors, resulted in one of his Deck Sailor's getting a NAVPERS-1306 approved to remain aboard Roosevelt for 12 months past his PRD and that same Sailor re-enlisting for 6 years in the U.S. Navy.
BM2 Byrd should be recognized not only for his accomplishments, but also for his ability to maintain a positive attitude even when tasked with seemingly impossible results and devoting his time to helping other accomplish their goals. He maintains a good report with the junior personnel in his division by keeping a positive attitude, training them in procedural compliance, and always willing to learn to help support watchbills and Sailors.