Commanding Officer Capt. Aaron Peters of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division selected Petty Officer First Class Blake Flohre as Sailor, and Petty Officer Second Class Andrew Carstarphen as Junior Sailor.
“Petty Officer Flohre’s exceptional performance as Diving Supervisor were displayed as he logged over 23 dives totaling 12 hours and 45 minutes of incident-free bottom time,” said Peters. “Simultaneously, he supported 640 man-hours during research, development, testing and evaluation projects.”
A Native of Dayton, Ohio, Flohre graduated Carroll High School’s class of 2003. He decided to join the U.S. Navy Dec. 13, 2010 with hopes of experiencing world travel and learning a highly specialized technical trade.
“The Navy has afforded me the chance to see the world and become a diving specialist,” said Flohre. “I’ve also been privileged to serve in some of the most technically-advanced and highly-specialized U.S. Navy diving communities.”
Peters commended Flohre for his expertise lending to significant cost efficiencies as well as his volunteer activities benefitting the local community.
“Flohre’s actions ensured that over $33 million worth of diving life support systems, Seal Deliver Vehicle life support equipment, MK-16 Re-breathers, and ancillary gear remained operational and mission ready to be delivered to the fleet at all times,” said Peters. “Petty Officer Flohre has been a selfless volunteer in the community before, during, and after Hurricane Michael and his exceptional professionalism and devotion to duty have reflected credit upon himself and the United States Navy.”
“Petty Officer Carstarphen consistently demonstrated outstanding ability and efficient performance while conducting 16 incident-free dives and 20 surface-swim evolutions supporting research, development, testing and evaluation projects,” Peters Said.
A Native of Fleming Island, Florida, Carstarphen graduated Fleming Island High School’s class of 2018. Inspired by his grandfather’s naval service during World War II and service in the Korean War, Carstarphen decided he also wanted to join the U.S. Navy. He enlisted in July of 2014.
“During my five years of service, I have been fortunate to learn from some of the most highly-specialized divers in the U.S. Navy. It’s an honor to be part of this community.” said Carstarphen.
Peters commended Carstarphen for exemplary duty contributing to his ability to manage critical operations, procedures and equipment.
“His actions include procurement and purchase requests totaling $7,900 in mission critical diving equipment and ancillary gear in order to maintain mission readiness in the NSWC dive locker,” said Peters. “Petty Officer Carstarphen’s exceptional devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.”