Naval Reserve Sailor of the Year shares knowledge with shipmates

"Bravo Zulu" / April 21, 2016

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We mark these outstanding achievements using the traditional naval signal for a job well done...

…Bravo Zulu

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Bravo Zulu to Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Michal Mlynarczyk, a Naval Combat Information Operator (NCIOP) from Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) York in Toronto, who is the Naval Reserve Sailor of the Year. The award is presented to a deserving non-commissioned member and recognizes exceptional dedication to the Naval Reserve.

In 2015, while still a Master Seaman, PO2 Mlynarczyk deployed in HMCS Shawinigan during a Task Group Exercise, serving as the Senior NCIOP onboard, a position normally held by a PO2. He provided outstanding support to his superiors by ensuring all operational requirements were met for the ship’s deployment, and mentored junior members, providing encouragement and support to shipmates.

PO2 Mlynarczyk also sailed in HMCS Charlottetown for sea trials following the ship’s recent modernization, exhibiting strong organizational skills and work ethic in the challenging environment of a ship just out of its refit. His keen desire to learn led him to spend time outside of his normal watch rotation studying the complex battle rhythm of the operations room in this major warship.

Back in Toronto at HMCS York, PO2 Mlynarczyk often volunteered his own time to plan and execute his Reserve Division’s demanding training schedule. He planned York’s regular hands-on training events with a ship’s operations department in mind, focusing on relevant and realistic scenarios to prepare members for going to sea. He also organized a highly successful Christmas food drive, motivating other members to donate and sort food for a local food bank.

In his civilian life, PO2 Mlynarczyk is equally motivated, completing courses in philosophy at York University as he pursues a Master’s degree in moral, political and legal philosophy.

In a ceremony at HMCS York on April 20, 2016, Commodore Marta Mulkins, Commander Naval Reserve, presented PO2 Mlynarczyk with a trophy donated in 2011 by Rear-Admiral Jennifer Bennett, a former Commander of the Naval Reserve. This trophy depicts a WWII sailor carrying his bags and marks more than a century of service in the Naval Reserve by members of the Bennett family. The original trophy is proudly displayed at the entrance to the Pointe-à-Carcy Naval Complex residence in Québec City and is engraved yearly with the name and unit of the recipient.