JOHN W. FINN AVIATION ORDNANCEMEN
OF THE YEAR
AO1 NICHOLAS BEEMER, USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN71)
CAPT MATTHEW ARNOLD AWARDS
AO1 NICHOLAS BEEMER
On board the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71) 21 August 2020
AO1 (AW/SW) NICHOLAS A. BEEMER
Nicholas Alexander Beemer enlisted in the United States Navy on August 29 2007. Upon completion of recruit training at RTC Great Lakes, he reported to Naval Special Warfare Center, Coronado, CA. He spent several months in training; however, due to a change in commitment, he pursued a different career path and selected the Aviation Ordnanceman rating.
He reported to NATTC Pensacola, Florida to attend AO A-school. Upon graduation, he received orders to USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), where he was assigned to 74 series magazine, G-3 Division during a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA). After a successful PIA and training cycle, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf where he was advanced to Petty Officer Third Class.
Tasked with his new leadership role as 138 series Magazine Supervisor, he successfully led seven Sailors in the upload and download of over 300,000 rounds of 20MM ammunition in support of operation ENDURING FREEDOM. After a successful deployment and return to homeport San Diego for another PIA, he was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class. He was hand-selected by the Ordnance Handling Officer (OHO) and re-assigned to G-5 division as an ammo accountant. During his second combat deployment onboard NIMITZ, he served as the Ammo Accounting Night Check Supervisor where he tracked and accounted for over 2,700 ordnance line items valued at $320 million. For his outstanding performance he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal.
He was detailed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. Upon arrival, he was assigned as Magazine Crew LPO, leading 14 Marines and Sailors in the receipt, issue and fleet sentencing of numerous ordnance assets. Eagerly accepting more responsibility, he was nominated as the "Logisticians Association President". He planned and coordinated several fundraising events earning the association more than $5,000. His flawless management of assigned duties earned him recognition as Junior Sailor of the Quarter, 2nd Quarter, FY 2016.
In 2016, Petty Officer Beemer reported to Navy Munitions Command Pacific Conus West Division Detachment Lemoore. Shortly after arriving, he was promoted to Petty Officer First Class and assigned as ammo accounting LPO where he managed 2,800 ordnance line items within the detachment as well as 16 squadrons and three tenant commands. He was later re-assigned as Magazine LPO where he led 12 Sailors in preparation for a successful Explosive Safety Inspection (ESI) and flawlessly tracked $330 million of conventional ordnance. Additionally, his achievements led to his selection as Senior Sailor of the Quarter, 3rd Quarter FY 2016.
Petty Officer Beemer is currently serving onboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) as the G-5 Divisional Leading Petty Officer. His decorations and awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four), and various other unit, campaign and personal awards.