ALBANY, N.Y. - The Capital Area Chief Petty Officers Association conducted a ceremony aboard the USS Slater on Saturday morning, celebrating the Navy's birthday.
To mark the occasion, the Association honored USS Slater volunteer, Chief Art Dott, as their Volunteer of the Year.
Art Dott was born and raised in Colonie.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Frederick, who served in the Navy during World War II, Art enlisted in the Navy on March 13th, 1974.
After graduation from school in San Diego, California, Art reported onboard USS Sierra.
He was released from active duty on December 16th, 1976, with the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class. He then reported to the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Albany, where he served in a variety of positions, with a large number of units in addition to serving as the overall Command Career Counselor for many years.
Promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 1999, Art was recalled to active duty for one year in support of Operation Noble Eagle, and was assigned to the Navy Support Unit in Saratoga.
The USS Slater is located on the Hudson River in downtown Albany, just south of the Dunn Memorial Bridge.