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ABS Group Employee Selected as US Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year

April 25, 2016

In a ceremony held on April 8, 2016 at the US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC, Steven Butterhof, an ABS Group Global Government sector employee, was announced as the 2015 Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year by Vice Admiral (VADM) Robin R. Braun, Chief of the Navy Reserve. Butterhof represents, and was selected from, the more than 50,000 Reserve Sailors in the US Navy Reserve.

The ceremony was the capstone to a week of events in the national capital region, including tours of the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, the Capitol Building, as well as visits and meetings with Navy leadership. Butterhof was selected out of five finalists who were all the guests of honor at a dinner event celebrating their achievements as finalists. This event was co-hosted by ABS Group and the DC Chapter of the Association of the US Navy (AUSN).

At ABS Group, Butterhof supports various Department of Homeland Security (DHS) exercise programs. Kerry Thomas, ABS Group Senior Director for DHS Programs and supervisor to Steve Butterhof, attended the ceremony. "It was terrific to see Steve's efforts in the service of his country recognized this way," Thomas said of the achievement, also noting that Butterhof is "the epitome of a professional at everything he does."

Equipment Operator 1st Class (SCW/EXW) Steven Butterhof has worked at ABS Group since December 2014 and was called to Reserve duty and mobilized to deploy to Djibouti in May 2015. Selection as Reserve Sailor of Year allows Butterhof to return in May to the Pentagon for meritorious advancement to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

After being selected, Butterhof said at the event, "This is a tremendous distinction. It's been a privilege to spend time with the outstanding Sailors sitting before you. I'm so humbled with this honor." Butterhof adds that he is thankful for the support that ABS Group provided throughout his deployment.

Force Master Chief of the US Navy Reserve, FORCM C.J. Mitchell, said, "I'm excited about the Reserve Sailor of the Year being a professional that has chosen to mobilize and recently return from a mobilization to Djibouti. Petty Officer Butterhof is a fine representative of Reserve Sailors around the world."

During the ceremony, VADM Robin Braun thanked ABS Group for its support of the Navy Reserve. In November 2015, ABS Group was also recognized as a Department of Defense (DOD) Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Company. ABS Group is proud to support its National Guard and Reservists who continue to do great work while serving our country.

Steve Butterhof

Steve Butterhof makes remarks after being selected as 2015 Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year at the US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC. (Photo courtesy of US Navy)

Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year

Steve Butterhof, center, stands with (from l-r), Anthony A. Wallis, ABS Group National Security Consultant and DC Chapter President of AUSN, Kerry L. Thomas, ABS Group Senior Director - DHS Programs, FORCM C.J. Mitchell, Force Master Chief of the U.S. Navy Reserve, and William T. Scott, ABS Group Senior Director - DOD Programs, and 2014 Recipient of the DOD ESGR Patriot Award. (Photo courtesy of DC Chapter of the Association of the US Navy)

 

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (www.abs-group.com), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of ABS, one of the world's leading marine and offshore classification societies, provides risk and reliability as well as certification services to a broad range of industries, including marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, energy and power generation, pharmaceutical and the government sector among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 2,000 professionals in over 30 countries in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

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