An Eastpoint native, attached to Navy Recruiting District Houston, received national recognition by receiving an award from Navy Recruiting Command Nov. 20.

Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Thomas Bosarge, the nuclear programs coordinator for NRD Houston, beat out 25 other contenders and was recognized as the Navy’s Nuclear Field Coordinator of the Year for the 2013 fiscal year.

Bosarge has been in the Navy for nearly 11 years. As the nuclear programs coordinator for NRD Houston, he ensures the proper screening and processing of all nuclear-qualified Navy applicants for 43 recruiting stations in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Bosarge is humbled and thankful for receiving this honor.

“This is truly an honor, being able to say I made it to the top is an experience I will always treasure,” he said. “I would like to thank all the people who made this possible, from the recruiters that find the applicants, to the classifiers, processors, and shipping clerks who ensure the records are error free. And a special thanks to my Navy Recruiting Command nuclear chain of command, as well as my immediate chain of command for the continuous leadership and mentorship they all provide.”

Bosarge passes this mentorship and leadership down to the young men and women he puts into the Navy’s nuclear programs.

“The favorite part of my job is getting to interact with the youth of today, they are the future of the Navy,” he said. “I tell all of them to set themselves up for the future and be the best they can be. I tell them to not let people stand in the way and keep you down, rise above them and do not let an opportunity pass you by.”

Bosarge enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Jan. 2003. Following 18 months of training at Navy Nuclear Power Training Command “A” School in Charleston, SC, where he progressed through Power School and Prototype as the class leader, he was assigned to the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in Norfolk, Va. He rose quickly through the ranks and completed his nuclear and warfare qualifications a full six months ahead of his peers and was advanced to petty officer second class.

In June 2006, Bosarge reported to the PCU George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) were he was assigned to be the reactor electrical division repair parts petty officer. There he built from nothing a supply process that would pave the way for supplies and parts to be ordered and stored in divisional spaces.

After the successful completion of the first Operational Reactor Safety Examination exam, he was promoted to petty officer first class and handpicked to immediately become the department command career counselor for more than 400 sailors.

At the end of his tour he directly contributed to the command earning two consecutive retention excellence awards and was given the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his actions.

In Jan. 2011, Bosarge was assigned to be the nuclear coordinator for NRD Houston. He led a struggling program from the brink of failure to a passing grade in only five months. He then pushed this momentum to bring the nuclear program where he finished 2012 as the No. 3 nuclear coordinator in the nation while performing community outreach programs and finishing his associate’s degree.

Currently he has held the No. 1 nuclear coordinator position for the last three months. He is responsible for 13 nuclear trained recruiters and an average of 80 future sailors at any given time. He is also the STEM program coordinator for the command and the Tiger Den Leader for Pack 1005 for the Boy Scouts of America.

Bosarge has been married to Melia Bosarge for the last seven years; they have three beautiful kids Zachary, 6, Jasmine Bosarge, 5, and Cameron, 1.

Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacob L. Dillon is a public affairs officer with Navy Recruiting District Houston.