FORT WORTH, Texas (March 9, 2023) – Yeoman 1st Class Lucian Anguiano Jaime, a Navy Reserve Center (NRC) El Paso Training and Administration of the Reserve (TAR) Sailor, recently received the news of his selection as the 2022 Navy Reserve Force Non-Rated Career Counselor of the Year (CCOY).
“This award speaks volumes,” said Anguiano Jaime. “It’s definitely a proud moment for myself, but it’s also a major accomplishment for the NRC as a whole. If it wasn’t for the assistance of everyone from our top leadership down, none of this would have been possible.”
He was selected as the top non-rated career counselor in the Navy Reserve for his role in providing career development and guidance to more than 300 TAR and Selected Reserve Sailors.
“It’s an honor,” said Anguiano Jaime. “This award and recognition serves to further let me know that I am doing what is supposed to be done, taking good care of our Sailors and their careers.”
Anguiano Jaime, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, enlisted in 2016 as a Navy yeoman. He assumed his duties as a command career counselor in 2020. The 27-year-old says it is his passion for helping others paired with guidance and mentorship from good leaders throughout his career that have proved critical to his success.
“Hands down, I couldn’t have done this without the assistance of Chief Navy Career Counselor Erik Mendoza,” said Anguiano Jaime. “He has shown tremendous leadership to not only me, but all of the Sailors serving as career counselors within our region.”
Anguiano Jaime intends to continue his career in the Navy, and shared some of his aspirations going forward.
“My goal is to wear khakis soon,” said Anguiano Jaime. “Whether I have chief anchors on my collar or I am commissioned as an officer, my focus will always remain on making a positive impact on the Navy’s current and future Sailors.”
The Navy Reserve Force CCOY is awarded annually to three top performing Sailors: a rated Navy career counselor (NC), a non-NC-rated TAR Sailor trained and designated as a command career counselor, and a Selected Reserve Sailor serving as a Reserve unit career counselor.
While Anguiano Jaime won the award in the non-NC category, the other CCOY awardees are: NRC Kitsap’s Navy Career Counselor 1st Class Epifiano Gonzalez, who was selected among the Reserve Force’s rated Navy career counselors; and, Information Systems Technician 1st Class Katrina Knauff, assigned to Navy Reserve Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Akron, selected as the top Reserve unit CCOY.
All three Sailors received invitations to visit the Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. John Mustin at the Pentagon, where he will present the Sailors with their awards later this month. Bravo Zulu, shipmates.