Story Number: NNS140905-07Release Date: 9/5/2014 1:46:00 PM
From Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- A Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) Sailor was selected as a recipient of the 2014 National Organization for Mexican American Rights (NOMAR) Meritorious Service Award.
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Malachai Torres received the honor for his leadership and contributions while assigned to NCTAMS LANT.
"To be selected is such an honor," said Torres. "The fact that I was nominated and ultimately selected is an affirmation for me that I'm on the right track."
The award honors military and Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees who supported the DoD mission or overseas contingency operations, and demonstrated role model qualities and the core values of their respective military service or agency.
Torres is proud of his heritage, shipmates, service and country.
"By honoring and celebrating our differences, we encourage an atmosphere in which an individual can form and grow ideas without fear," said Torres.
Torres was born in Hampton, Virginia, and raised in Montville, Connecticut. As the middle child of seven siblings, he saw the potential for great achievements by serving his country in the military and wanted to be a much needed role model for his brothers and sisters, he said.
He joined the U.S. Navy in March 2011 and upon completion of recruit training he attended Information Systems Technician "A" School in Pensacola, Florida, where he graduated with the highest grade point average in his class.
As a minority working in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field, he exemplifies success for a minority in a non-traditional field. Serving as a technical control chief of the watch, he led a team of 16 Sailors providing support to the fleet and ground mobile forces for more than 400 mission critical circuits. His expertise and leadership led to the restoration of more than 150 communication outages.
Torres also volunteered for the 2013 NCTAMS LANT Drug Education for Youth Program. He mentored 20 children through drug education, leadership and character development and established activities to build positive resistance skills and improve social behavior.
The award will be presented during the NOMAR 2014 Annual Training Conference and Business Meeting, Sept. 3-5, Denver, Colorado.
NCTAMS LANT, a subordinate command of U.S. 10th Fleet, was established to combine the traditionally separate responsibilities of message traffic handling and data information management. Today, this combination of communications and computer technologies is key to ensuring the warfighter has access to the right information at the right time.
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