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Friday, February 22, 2019


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GUEST BLOG/ By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Hafer, Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs--Construction Mechanic 1st Class Raymond Estrella was recognized and awarded as Navy Recruiting Command Recruiter of the Year for 2018 during the Recruiter of the Year ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington D.C., recently.

Selection for this award is a testament to Estrella talent acquisition expertise and his positive impact in the local community.

The top Navy recruiters are honored at this year’s Recruiter of the Year (ROY) ceremony during ROY week. ROY week is a three-day event recognizing the nation's top Navy recruiters for their talent acquisition expertise, positive impact on local communities and upholding the highest of Navy values.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary S. Eshleman/Released)

Attendees of the event included Adm. William Moran, vice chief of naval operations, Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of naval personnel, Rear Adm. John Nowell, director, military personnel plans and policy, Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, commander, NRC, Rear Adm. Andrew Mueller, deputy commander, NRC, Command Master Chief of NRC, Donald Charbonneau, and National Chief Recruiter, Master Chief Navy Counselor Franklin Tiongco.

“You are all the best of the best, and I’m privileged to recognize these 17 individuals who have gone above and beyond their roles as Navy recruiters,” said Burke. “Their dedication and commitment has really raised the bar for their fellow recruiters.”

Estrella is currently assigned to Navy Recruiting District San Diego and said he was chosen as a ROY because of the support of his leadership.

“I strongly believe my selection of ROY was because I was surrounded by positive, hardworking and successful people,” said Estrella. “I am extremely thankful and honored to be selected amongst many great recruiters. I’ve worked hard all my life in everything I do and this is one of the best recognition I’ve received.”

The ceremony concluded with a thunderous applause from family, friends and the senior Navy leadership attending.

“Today the nation is asking us to build a bigger, more capable, more talented fleet,” said McLane. “One that is networked, agile, and ready to stand up to near-peer competitors. And these Sailors are doing just that. The recruiters of the year represent the challenges, rewards and opportunity that is woven throughout recruiting nation, and it is my absolute honor to work for them every single day.”

Estrella was selected for this award from more than 6,100 Navy recruiting personnel and represents the most successful recruiter in his respective field.

NRC consists of a command headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions, 20 Navy Recruiting Districts and six Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 1,300 recruiting stations with a total force of more than 6,100 personnel across the globe. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy.

For more news from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, go to Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (, Twitter (@USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).

Vintage recruiting posters courtesy of the United States of America's Library of Congress.

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