Sailors that show outstanding initiative and commitment to the Navy’s mission and teamwork are selected as Sailor of the Year after standing before a board of senior sailors.
LOON LAKE, WA – Navy Machinist’s Mate (Nuclear) 1st Class Bradley Rumann, a Loon Lake native, was named 2018 Sailor of the Year serving aboard USS Columbus (SSN 762).
The USS Columbus is a multi-mission platform designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, delivery of special operation forces, strike warfare, irregular warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and mine warfare.
Rumann is a lead nuclear mechanic for the submarine, maintaining the boat’s engines, pumps, turbines and air conditioning. He is also a quality assurance petty officer and the boat’s command career counselor.
“My proudest accomplishment so far is leading my division through a change of homeport, deployment and an overhaul,” Rumann said.
Sailors sacrifice time with their families to serve their country. Preparing for a deployment involves numerous exercises to ensure the boat’s war fighting capacities are at peak performance.
Rumann joined the Navy to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncle. He also wanted to see the world and enjoys the camaraderie that comes with being a submariner.
“Being a part of a brotherhood that transcends generations is my favorite part of the submarine force,” Rumann said.