Naval War College

Newport, RI – – Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) announced its top civilians for fiscal year 2018, Nov. 28.

Capt. Scott F. Robertson, SWOS commanding officer, expressed his sincere admiration and appreciation for the outstanding efforts of Jeff Waechter and Percival Dacanay, the SWOS senior and junior civilians of the year (COY) respectively.

“SWOS is fortunate to have a staff of outstanding civilians and military personnel,” said Robertson.
“The knowledge and experience of individuals like Jeff and Percival are what makes the entire SWOS team able to effectively turn our officer and enlisted students into highly skilled, confident, combat-ready warfighters.”

Waechter joined SWOS in December 2016 as the instructor development program manager, and was recognized for spearheading the SWOS Instructor Development Course (SIDC) and managing the Instructor Certification and Evaluation program, which have been critical in developing and improving the skills of SWOS instructors.

“The SIDC feedback and results have been phenomenal,” said Robertson. “Jeff’s efforts have had a far-reaching effect on other learning standard offices across the NETC [Naval Education and Training Command] domain.”

Waechter, a Virginia Beach, Virginia native, was surprised and humbled by his selection as SWOS senior COY.

“It’s a great honor to be selected,” said Waechter. “However, there are a number of my peers whom I look up to as mentors, and they’re certainly more deserving of this recognition.”

Dacanay, a SWOS financial technician, was recognized as the command’s junior COY for his exceptional management of the Defense Property Accountability System (DPAS), which resulted in SWOS attaining a perfect score in all assessment areas. He was specifically credited by the audit team for his quality of work and attention to detail administering a multi-million-dollar program.

Dacanay, a Seekonk, Massachusetts native, started working at SWOS in early 2010. He shared that he has enjoyed being part of SWOS and is extremely proud of his role.

“SWOS is one of the most prestigious schools in the Navy,” said Dacanay. “We teach future admirals, and I get to be part of it.”

SWOS readies sea-bound warriors to serve on surface combatants as officers, enlisted engineers and enlisted navigation professionals to fulfill the Navy’s mission to maintain global maritime superiority.

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