■ Lt. John Howard, a native of Lexington, has been selected to receive the 2011 Rear Admiral Jack Jarabak Award for Excellence in Undersea Warfare Technology. Howard, a submarine officer in the Navy, received the award for his thesis work while earning as master of science degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. The award is given by the Undersea Warfare Division of the National Defense Industrial Association and will be presented at its semi-annual Undersea Warfare Conference later this month. Howard's thesis work regarded an advanced method of producing electricity from heat given off by a nuclear reactor.
In additional recognition of his thesis work, Howard received the 2011 Submarine Force Award for Excellence in Undersea Warfare in October. The award was presented by Vice Adm. John Richardson, Submarine Forces commander, on behalf of the Naval Submarine League, which sponsors the annual award.
Howard is a 1996 graduate of Lafayette High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Navy as a nuclear electrician's mate. He was selected for an officer commissioning program, which sent him to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to earn a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.
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Upon completion of his degree, Howard earned his commission at the Navy's Officer Candidate School in 2003. He is currently scheduled to report aboard the Blue crew of the USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) as the strategic weapons officer.
As a lifelong University of Kentucky fan, Howard is excited to bring a local dose of "Go Big Blue" spirit to the submarine known as the "Thoroughbred of the Fleet."
He is the son of Anne Webster and Chuck Webster of Lexington and Mike Howard. He is married to Diana Bowman of Greensboro, N.C.
■ William Woodrum, former resident and native of Liberty, has been honored with the title of 2011 Civilian Employee of the Year by the Navy's Military Sealift Command Atlantic in Norfolk, Va.
Woodrum, the antiterrorism/force protection training and assessments officer within the command's antiterrorism/force protection directorate, is the son of Laura Ruth Lawson and the late William Amos Woodrum of Liberty. He has two daughters, Kaitlin Anne Woodrum and Mary Allison Woodrum of Campbellsville. William Woodrum resides in Chesapeake, Va., with his wife, Christina, and stepson, Mitchell.
Woodrum enlisted in the Navy in 1984 and retired as a chief petty officer in 2008. After his retirement, he was hired as a civil service employee.
In his current position, he oversees the force protection readiness and antiterrorism training programs of the command's ships that provide combat logistics support worldwide.
■ Air Force Airman 1st Class Danetta A. Woods has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Woods is the daughter of Eveline Woods of Lexington. She is a 2010 graduate of Bryan Station High School.