Hydro Lab Sailor Earns Recognition
POSTED ON: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:58 AM by LCDR Tyler Scharar & ENS Kyle Mortensen
Update: PO1 Dodzi was selected as USNA's 2016 Sailor of the Year. Please join the Superintendent, Vice Admiral Ted Carter, in recognizing this achievement in Dahlgren Hall (2nd deck) at 1400, Dec 8, 2016.
The United States Naval Academy’s Sailor of the Quarter (3rd quarter, 2016) is Petty Officer First-Class Benedict Dodzi. Sailor of the Quarter recognizes superior performance of enlisted personnel with emphasis on outstanding achievements, exemplary personal conduct, military bearing, and demonstrated initiative in the performance of duty.
A valuable member of the Engineering and Weapons Department's Hydromechanics Laboratory since February 2015, PO1 Dodzi is a technician and teaching assistant for several courses that utilize the lab spaces. In this position, PO1 Dodzi prepares equipment and leads labs for Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering majors, as well as the non-engineer, core curriculum course Principles of Ship Performance. For many labs, he prepares up to fifteen boat models in individual displacement tanks or perhaps a larger model in the 120 foot tow tank or propeller water channel. During the labs, PO1 Dodzi assists Midshipmen in taking measurements, caring for the equipment and properly performing the experiments. Along with his primary duty, PO1 Dodzi serves as assistant command fitness leader, damage control trainer for Summer Seminar and Plebe Summer, a member of the command training and command assessment teams, and the Assistant Leading Petty Officer for funeral details.
PO1 Dodzi enjoys the challenges within all of his positions and performs his many duties with a great amount of focus and enthusiasm. He is best known by midshipmen and peers for his contagious smile, positive attitude and strong accent. In his spare time, PO1 Dodzi loves to play soccer and is currently on a team in the Fort Meade Capital League. His team was selected to play for the Defender’s Cup in San Antonio in the coming months.
PO1 Dodzi is a native of Ghana, Africa and joined the Navy in May 2010. Previous duty assignment includes service onboard USS O’kane (DDG-77), stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI. On behalf of the countless midshipmen, faculty and staff that have the pleasure to work with him, congratulations to PO1 Benedict Dodzi for earning this prestigious award.