Greenfield woman wins US Military Excellence Award

  • Jocelyn Dennett

Recorder Staff
Friday, March 17, 2017

GREAT LAKES, Mich. — A Greenfield native has earned the Military Excellence Award after graduating at the top of her class at the U.S. Navy’s Recruit Training Command.

Seaman Recruit Jocelyn Dennett joined the Navy to pursue a career in Navy special warfare as an explosive ordnance disposal technician. Prior to enlisting in January, she attended the University of Massachusetts, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in building and construction technology. She worked as a construction inspector for the Town of Greenfield until leaving for boot camp.

The United States Military Excellence Award is the top award presented to the No. 1 recruit of each graduating training group. It is presented to the recruit who best exemplifies the qualities of enthusiasm, devotion to duty, military bearing and teamwork, according to a news release from the Recruit Training Command.

“I am extremely grateful to be receiving this; it was very unexpected,” Dennett said in the release. “I would like to thank my family and friends for supporting me in everything I do. Additionally, I would like to thank my coaches, mentors, scouts and instructors for pushing me physically and mentally to prepare me for my pipeline training.”

After graduation, Dennett will stay in Great Lakes to attend a three-week explosive ordnance disposal preparatory course, which consists of physical strength, endurance and aquatic adaptability before advancing to a nine-week dive school at Naval Diving and Salvage Training in Panama City, Fla. The final leg of her training will consist of 42 weeks of explosive ordnance disposal school at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.