Friends and fellow sailors say Chief Religious Program Specialist (SW/AW/FMF) Rafael Barney is full of compassion — when he sees someone in need, he’s there to help. Barney, 29, is a Big Brother to five teenagers. He recruited and trained 30 mentors last year to serve as role models to local immigrant students. And he mentors Naval Academy midshipmen.
“When Chief Barney extends himself to others, he does it with all his heart,” Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Martha Rodriguez, vice president of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Association of Naval Service Officers, wrote in her nominating letter. .
In his role as president of the Washington ANSO chapter, Barney has met with senior military officers, civilian executives and local Hispanic professionals, said 2010 Navy Times Coast Guardsman of the Year Lt. Cmdr. Richard Angelet. Barney also serves as leader of the chief of naval personnel’s Hispanic Employee Resources Group. “Chief Barney exemplifies the very core of the Navy’s values of honor, courage and commitment, and is a staunch champion of those less fortunate in his community,” Angelet wrote. .
Whether it’s on the clock or off, Cryptologic Technician (Networks) 2nd Class Ryan Powell always makes helping the people around him a priority.
Powell has logged more than 600 volunteer hours in two years of Navy service — 225 in 2010 alone — for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and Ronald McDonald House. He also helps junior sailors excel.
“CTN2 Powell always gives a helping hand, no matter how mediocre the work may seem,” CTN3 Jonathan Turner wrote in nominating Powell. “[He is] always willing to show someone around, [and he] helps new people become more comfortable when settling into the command.”
Powell also fought hard last year to have the instructions on automatic advancement become more clearly defined throughout the Navy. His work led to a change in the procedure for time-in-rate calculations that helped nearly 1,000 sailors advance more quickly.
Powell is studying information systems technology at Virginia’s Old Dominion University and is applying for the Seaman to Admiral-21 Program in hopes of becoming a naval officer.