U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Nicolas Whitney, a 2000 Dover High School graduate and Dover native, earned the Distinguished Graduate Chief Watertender Peter Tomich award as a graduate from the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy.

Whitney was presented the award during a recent graduation ceremony at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island.

Because of the SEA's success in sharpening skills of senior enlisted leaders, graduation is now a requirement before assuming the positions of command master chief or chief of the boat and before being promoted to master chief petty officer according to Navy officials.