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Did You Know, November 10, 2023



On November 18, 1972, Henry W. Bartlett from the Ammunition Services and Inspection Branch of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, set a record by completing 31 years of government service and using exactly 31 hours of sick leave.


Bartlett was born in Weedonville, an unincorporated community in King George County, VA, in 1923. He served with Company E, 378th Infantry, 95th Division, during World War II. Once discharged from active service, Bartlett returned to his hometown to work at the Naval Proving Ground. If you think his first record was impressive, you will be interested to know that, when he retired in December 1984 with 43 years, 1 month, and 13 days of service, he had used only 32 hours of sick leave!


We are grateful for Bartlett’s service, as well as for all of our other veterans.

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