Martindale Shore Sailor of the Year


Equipment Operator 1st Class Andy Martindale from Public Works Department Rota, Spain has been honored as the 2013 Shore Sailor of the Year.

Equipment Operator 1st Class Andy Martindale from Public Works Department Rota, Spain has been honored as the 2013 Shore Sailor of the Year.

He is the son of Ed and Namsun Martindale of Garden City.

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command-Europe Africa Southwest Asia's selections for 2013 Sea Sailor of the Year and Shore Sailor of the Year were made in December.

Martindale is the assistant operations general foreman for base support vehicles and equipment, supporting daily vehicle operations for more than 47 tenant and deployed commands for Naval Station Rota. He also is the head contractor crane inspector, overseeing 140 crane inspections, improving site safety and contractor awareness. His job entailed providing crane support and access to shore power to more than 62 U.S. Navy ships, allowing the ship's crew access to shore, enhancing morale and the ship's readiness.

Martindale continually works with NAVSTA Rota's license program to make it more accessible. He facilitates a 15-minute course on how to apply for the government license to ensure all personnel are properly licensed. He has processed 120 licenses and facilitated four courses instructing more than 85 sailors and civilian employees.

Martindale was noted as being a true advocate for sailors, providing exceptional mentorship and guidance, and utilizing his past experiences, both positive and negative, to lead and guide them to success.

In his spare time, Martindale has volunteered to help the Rota Animal Welfare League, served on the Seabee Ball Committee, was the Navy Ball designated driver, served as group leader for the Chief Petty Officer 365 program and painted the Child Development Center.

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