2003 NAVSUP Sailor of the Year named.
Petty Officer Hughes is the leading petty officer at FISC Norfolk's Navy Regional Mail Center, where he is responsible for the direct supervision of 20 military postal clerks, 12 civil service employees, and 10 contract employees in seven branch Post Offices throughout the region. He supervised the delivery of more than 2.5 million pieces of mail while maintaining a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. His personal effort in combining official mail shipments facilitated a cost avoidance of more than $250,000.
"PC1 Hughes's exemplary professionalism and dedication to fleet readiness are tributes to the superb quality of the enlisted segment of our supply team," said RADM Justin D. McCarthy, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command. "He is yet another example of the dedicated and talented men and women, taking care of the warfighter, serving our Navy, with distinction."
Hughes successfully monitored daily flight plans to avoid mail delays to six overseas Fleet Mail Centers and to better serve overseas units supporting Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Joint Task Force Security at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Hughes volunteered for rapid deployment to Kuwait Naval Base, Camp Patriot from March to July 2003 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
He assisted fleet mail routers and theater postal managers with solving delivery issues for Camp Patriot, Joint Mail Terminal Kuwait, and various units afloat and ashore in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. He also managed more than $20,000 in fixed stamp credit and a $700,000 money order account with zero discrepancies. He conducted armed escort of official and first class mail on the ground in Kuwait and into Iraq and helped build the first "unofficial" postal operation in Iraq.
Hughes is a native of Rockingham, N.C. He enlisted in the Navy in August 1982.