Commander Mike Hollenbach, Commanding Officer of USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) has announced that two members of his crew have not only been selected as Sailor of the Year and Junior Sailor of the Year for USS NORTH DAKOTA, but they have both also been selected as Sailor of the Year and Junior Sailor of the Year for Squadron FOUR, consisting of seven VIRGINIA Class submarines and two LOS ANGELES Class submarines.
Hollenbach told the USS North Dakota Committee, “I wanted to take a quick moment to pass along some fantastic news for the USS NORTH DAKOTA.” He said Petty Officer First Class David Evers, a Nuclear Machinist Mate, was chosen as NORTH DAKOTA Sailor of the Year and Petty Officer Second Class Robin Anderson, an Auxiliary Machinist Mate, and was chosen as NORTH DAKOTA Junior Sailor of the Year. Hollenbach added, ”But now for the really good news – Commander of Submarine Squadron FOUR chose both NORTH DAKOTA sailors as the as Sailor of the Year and Junior Sailor of the Year for the entire Submarine Squadron.” Both will also go on to the next round of competition for the entire Groton area.
MM1(SS) David W. Evers IV, from Virginia, enlisted in the Navy in March 2008. After completing various Navy schools including Nuclear Field Machinist Mate ‘A’ School, Nuclear Power School, and Nuclear Prototype Qualification, he held several assignments before reporting aboard NORTH DAKOTA in 2012. According to Hollenbach. “Evers expertly guided his division and the ship through reactor plant acceptance testing and builder’s sea trials, directly contributing to the ship’s receipt of the Squadron FOUR Red Engineering ‘E’.”
MM2(SS) Robin B. Anderson was born in Colorado and enlisted in the Navy in April 2012. He completed Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Auxiliary Package School before reporting aboard NORTH DAKOTA in November 2012 as a member of Auxiliary Division. Hollenbach noted, “During NORTH DAKOTA’s construction he volunteered to deploy with USS GEORGIA (SSGN 729) on a mission vital to national security in 2013.” Upon returning to NORTH DAKOTA he rapidly qualified for duties including Pilot/Co-Pilot and Duty Chief.