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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
101118-N-3241S-079 GROTON, Conn. (Nov. 18, 2010) - The Sailors
selected to represent Commander Submarine Group 2 (CSG2)
pose with Capt. Frank Lowery, CSG2 Cheif of Staff, former Force
Master Chief Dean Irwin, the keynote speaker, and Command
Master Chief Rafael Perez, CSG2 Command Master Chief, during
an awards banquet held at the Groton Inn and Suites. These four
Sailorswill represent Submarine Group 2 in the Commander,
Submarine Forces Sailor of the Year competition. U.S. Navy
photograph by Mass Communication Specialist Virginia K. Schaefer.

Submarine Group 2 Announces Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year

GROTON, Conn. – Four Sailors were chosen as the 2010 Junior and Sailor of the Year for Commander, Submarine Group Two (CSG2) during an awards banquet at the Groton Inn and Suites Nov. 18.

The winners, who were  recognized for their achievements during the past year, were SHORE Sailor of the Year: Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class (SW/IUSS) Straaberry Washington, Naval Ocean Processing Facility (NOPF) Dam Neck (Norfolk); SEA Sailor of the Year: Sonar Technician (Submarine) 1st Class (SS) Geoffrey Walker, USS Springfield (SSN 761) (Groton); SHORE Junior Sailor of the Year: Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SW) Gregory Yanase, Naval Ocean Processing Facility (NOPF) Whidbey Island (Norfolk); and, SEA Junior Sailor of the Year: Electrician's Mate 2nd Class (SS/DV) Kevin Dale, USS Norfolk (SSN 714) (Norfolk).

The banquet concluded a week of military and community events that included interviews by a panel of Navy Chief Petty Officers, a visit to the Rocky Hill Veterans Home, and a trip to USS Constitution in Boston.

During the banquet, special recognition was given to the four Sailors selected to represent Submarine Group 2 in the Commander, Submarine Forces Sailor of the Year competition.

“Sustained superior performance, deckplate leadership, self-improvement, command and community involvement are all key factors in the selection process. The Sailors you see here today are clearly the best that the Navy has to offer,” said CSG2 Command Master Chief Raphael Perez, who was also the master of ceremonies for the banquet’s festivities. “It is an honor to be in the presence of this elite group of warriors.”

Capt. Frank Lowery, CSG2 Chief of Staff, was present during many of the social events and had the opportunity to speak with the finalists.

“It’s very uplifting,” commented Lowery. “Every person, from every command in Submarine Group 2 who is selected by their commanding officer as the Sailor of the year of the USS Springfield or the USS Dallas or the USS Pittsburgh or New Hampshire or any of our ships, if your captain picked you as his Sailor of the year, that’s a huge, huge compliment; and, I understand exactly why you got picked.”

The winners all expressed enjoyment for the weeklong events and had similar reactions to their accomplishment.

Dale enjoyed his first trip to Groton and was honored to win. “It’s kind of overwhelming. I never expected any of this. I am grateful for everyone that nominated me and just honored to be here representing everyone down in Norfolk,” he said.

Washington followed what Perez said during his opening remarks, commenting, “I’m excited and I’m honored to be among the best of the best.”

Yanase was surprised by his winning Junior Shore Sailor of the Year. “I did not expect this. There were a lot of really good Sailors, so I thought the competition was really tough. I am humbled by the whole experience,” he said.

Walker was very humbled by his selection.  “It’s been a really good experience. The competition was ridiculously tough. I honestly didn’t think I was going to be [the Sea Sailor of the Year],” he said. “I was really nervous but it was cool just to meet some of the best people around the area and just people who are totally dedicated to the Navy.”

Retired Force Master Chief Dean Irwin said that he was honored to be the guest speaker for the banquet, his first Navy event that he attended since retiring.

“The one reason I decided to come back to Sailor of the Year event is because it is relevant,” said Irwin. “It’s truly inspiring, and the cornerstone of our success in the submarine force remains that we recognize our junior Sailors of the year.”

Adm. Elmo Zumwalt initiated the Navy-wide Sailor of the Year program in 1972 to recognize the outstanding Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Sailors. The following year, the Shore Sailor of the Year program was introduced. Sponsored by the chief of Naval Operations, the program provides recognition to the Navy’s outstanding Sailors through numerous presentations, awards, and meritorious advancement to the next pay grade.

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101118-N-3241S-023 GROTON, Conn. (Nov. 18, 2010) - Electronics Technician 2nd Class Gregory Yanase receives a plaque from Capt. Frank Lowery, Submarine Group 2 Chief of Staff, recognizing his selection as Shore Junior Sailor of the Year for Commander Submarine Group 2 during an awards banquet held at the Groton Inn and Suites. The awards banquet was the culmination of the competition, which included interviews by a panel of Navy Chief Petty Officers and community events such as a visit to Rocky Hill Veterans Home and USS Constitution. Naval photograph by Mass Communication Specialist Virginia K. Schaefer.
 

101118-N-3241S-033  GROTON, Conn. (Nov. 18, 2010) - Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Dale receives a plaque from Capt. Frank Lowery, Submarine Group 2 Chief of Staff, recognizing his selection as Sea Junior Sailor of the Year for Commander Submarine Group 2 during an awards banquet held at the Groton Inn and Suites. The awards banquet was the culmination of the competition, which included interviews by a panel of Navy Chief Petty Officers and community events such as a visit to Rocky Hill Veterans Home and USS Constitution. Naval photograph by Mass Communication Specialist Virginia K. Schaefer.

 

101118-N-3241S-047 GROTON, Conn. (Nov. 18, 2010) - Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Straaberry Washington receives a plaque from Capt. Frank Lowery, Submarine Group 2 Chief of Staff, recognizing her selection as Shore Sailor of the Year for Commander Submarine Group 2 during an awards banquet held at the Groton Inn and Suites. The awards banquet was the culmination of the competition, which included interviews by a panel of Navy Chief Petty Officers and community events such as a visit to Rocky Hill Veterans Home and USS Constitution. Naval photograph by Mass Communication Specialist Virginia K. Schaefer.

 

101118-N-3241S-055 GROTON, Conn. (Nov. 18, 2010) - Sonar Technician (Submarine) 1st Class Geoffrey Walker receives a plaque from Capt. Frank Lowery, Submarine Group 2 Chief of Staff, recognizing his selection as Sea Sailor of the Year for Commander Submarine Group 2 during an awards banquet held at the Groton Inn and Suites. The awards banquet was the culmination of the competition, which included interviews by a panel of Navy Chief Petty Officers and community events such as a visit to Rocky Hill Veterans Home and USS Constitution. Naval photograph by Mass Communication Specialist Virginia K. Schaefer.