Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class (SW) Nikki Reiter showed responsibility, initiative and an ability to teach others that befits a sailor far more senior; she made AO2 in the spring 2006 advancement cycle.
As an ordnance flight line and flight deck coordinator with Strike Fighter Squadron 32, Reiter was behind the transition of an inexperienced ordnance crew to a sharp, focused unit. In combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Reiter helped with nine successful precision strikes.
Her efforts resulted in her earning VFA 32's Super Swordsman of the Year 2005 - an award usually given to more seasoned petty officers. She's also developed a reputation as a motivated teacher, preparing her shipmates for both warfare qualification and ratings exams.
It didn't take long for Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Kahlil Smith to make a positive impact when he reported for duty last year at Combat Direction System Activity in Dam Neck, Va.
Right away, he helped turn around problems with the new Defense Messaging System, and his efforts immediately improved the command's productivity.
While immersing himself in fixing the DMS problems, Smith began tackling his position as assistant command fitness leader. His efforts and leadership - Smith had the third-highest PRT score in the command - was instrumental in improving the overall fitness of the command.
Smith also volunteered to coach multiple Special Olympics teams in Virginia Beach, exemplifying the Navy's core values to his community.