A Scottsdale native has won a major honor from the U.S. Navy.
Chief Navy Diver Kenneth L. McCollum was named senior Enlisted Instructor of the Year at the Submarine Learning Center in New London, Connecticut.
McCollum boasts a 17-year Navy career and currently serves as the leading chief petty officer and master training specialist for the Pressurized Submarine Escape Trainer. That course trains future submariners on the process of escaping a submarine in the case of an emergency.
During his tenure as leading chief petty officer overseeing the work of more than thirty instructors, the PSET unit graduated over 1,900 students, including seven who received commendations for academic excellence.
“NDC McCollum’s exceptional performance as leading chief petty officer for the PSET course allowed his students to experience high velocity learning which will prepare them all for real- world situations in the submarine force,” said Capt. Steven Antcliff, commanding officer of the Naval Submarine School.
“Uncompromising in his values and cognizant of the heritage of the silent service, NDC McCollum displayed true grit, tenacity, and innovation in ushering Sailors through this short, yet critical aspect of Naval Submarine School,” Antcliff added.
The Instructor of the Year designation is awarded to both enlisted and officer instructors selected by their commands as the example of what qualities the Navy prizes in instructors.
It is accompanied by the award of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
The Naval Submarine School builds a foundation upon which officers and enlisted personnel are prepared to develop the competence and proficiency in skills necessary to operate and maintain their submarines.
The Naval Submarine School is part of the Navy’s Submarine Learning Center, and is located aboard Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton.