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NORFOLK, Va. (January 25, 2012) – Submarine Force Master Chief
Kirk Saunders (far left) and Vice Adm. John M. Richardson, Commander,
Submarine Forces (far right) stand with the winners of the 2011Submarine
Force Atlantic (SUBLANT) Sailors of the Year. Pictured from left to right are
Fire Control Technician 2nd class Mike A. Blizzard,  2011 SUBLANT
Junior Sea Sailor of the year from the ballistic missile submarine
USS West Virginia (SSBN 736); 2011 SUBLANT Senior Sea Sailor of the
Year Electrician’s Mate 1st class William D. Nagel from the
Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Albany (SSN 753); 2011
SUBLANT Junior Shore Sailor of the Year Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class
Alexander Hiller of Naval Submarine Support Facility in New
London,Conn.; and 2011 SUBLANT Senior Shore Sailor of the Year
Yeoman 1st Class Scott P. Biden from Commander, Submarine
Group 10.   (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist
1st Class Todd A. Schaffer / Released)

SUBLANT Recognizes 2011 Sailors of the Year

NORFOLK, Va. – The 2011 Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (SUBLANT) Senior and Junior Sailors of the Year (SOY) were announced on Jan. 25.  The winners were recognized by Vice Adm. John Richardson, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, during a luncheon held at the Vista Point Center, Naval Station Norfolk.

"We are here today to celebrate excellence,” Richardson said.  “These Sailors are the Submarine Forces' equivalent to the Plays of the Day.  These Sailors are the folks that make up our highlight reels, the very best of the best.  Their dedication and talent inspires us all to dig deeper and achieve more—to raise our game up a notch or two.  They are the examples that we look to.  It's a privilege to be amongst our superstars. They are an inspiration to me, our Force and our Navy."

The 2011 SUBLANT Senior Sea Sailor of the Year was Petty Officer First Class William Nagel, a nuclear-trained and submarine-qualified electrician’s mate assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Albany (SSN 753), home ported in Norfolk, Va.  The 31-year-old Sailor is from Montgomery County, Texas, and joined the Navy in August 1998.  He was also the Commander, Submarine Group Two (CSG2) Senior Sea Sailor of the Year.   CSG2’s headquarters are in Groton, Conn.

“It is just a tremendous honor to be nominated, and for being selected I am lost for words,” said Nagel.  “This means everything because of the great support I got from my wife and family.  I don’t know what separated me from the other Sailors, but being the Educational Services Officer onboard helped.  As the ESO, I mentored a lot of junior Sailors and was involved with every junior Sailor in  providing them tools for advancement.”

Petty Officer First Class Scott Biden was recognized as the 2011 SUBLANT Senior Shore Sailor of the Year.  He is a submarine-qualified yeoman assigned to staff at Commander, Submarine Group 10, headquartered in Kings Bay, Ga.   He was born in Monica, Calif., but raised in Upland, Calif., and joined the Navy in February 2000.  The 31-year-old was also the Commander, Submarine Group Ten (CSG10) Shore Sailor of the Year.  

“Without the support and guidance of my wife, and the support of my shipmates, I would not be standing here today,” said Biden.  “This is a tremendous award for all my mentors who have helped me get here, and continue to help me.”

As the Senior Shore and Sea Sailors of the Year, Nagel and Biden will represent SUBLANT in the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) Sailor of the Year competition.  The USFFC competition will be held in March with other Atlantic Fleet type command winners.  The Atlantic Fleet sea winner from that competition will be meritoriously advanced to chief petty officer, while the Atlantic Fleet shore winner will enter the Chief of Naval Operations competition in Washington, D.C.

The 2011 SUBLANT Junior Sea Sailor of the Year was Petty Officer Second Class Mike Blizzard, a 25-year-old submarine-qualified fire control technician assigned to the Ohio-class ballistic submarine USS West Virginia (SSBN 736), home ported in Kings Bay, Ga.  He is from Scranton, N.C., and joined the Navy in February 2007.  He was also the CSG10 Junior Sea Sailor of the Year. 

“We have a great command,” said Blizzard.  “This means a lot and can’t really think of any additional words to describe emotions.  Amazing and shows what hard work can do for someone’s career.”

Petty Officer Second Class Alexander Hiller was honored as the 2011 SUBLANT Junior Shore Sailor of the Year.  He is a 25-year-old surface-warfare qualified boatswain’s mate assigned to the staff at Commander, Naval Submarine Support Facility, home based in New London, Conn.  Hiller is from Dunkirk, N.Y., and joined the Navy in August 2003.  He was also the CSG2 Junior Shore Sailor of the Year. 

“This is a great honor, particularly being a surface Sailor working in the submarine fleet,” said Hiller.  “It was not just the award, but coming here and meeting all the high-level people and achievers.  This was significant because it is indicates the impartiality of the submarine fleet, and their willingness to recognize excellence.”        

Force Master Chief Kirk Saunders, SUBLANT Force Master Chief, stated he was proud of the professionalism, civic-mindedness, and family-oriented focus always exhibited by all enlisted submarine force Sailors.  But he said this group was special and possessed a sharper edge.

The Sailor of the Year program is an excellent forum to recognize our top performers,” said Saunders.  “For the past several days during the selection process, I have gotten to know the Sailors and their families.  I have truly been honored and inspired by them.  These Sailors are carrying the torch in leading our commander's vision for the submarine force.  They are preparing and ensuring our submariners are ready forces able to engage in current, forward, and future operations and warfighting."

The other candidates for Senior Sea Sailor and Senior Shore Sailor of the year were Petty Officer First Class Jessy White and Petty Officer First Class Sean McLaughlin, respectively.

White is a 31-year-old submarine-qualified electrician’s mate assigned to the USS West Virginia (SSBN 736).  He is from Marion, Ohio, and entered the Navy in 1998.   He was also the CSG10 Sea Sailor of the Year.  

McLaughlin, a native of Silver Spring, Md., is a surface-warfare and expeditionary- warfare qualified boatswain’s mate assigned to the staff at Commander, Submarine Squadron Six, headquartered in Norfolk, Va.    The 36-year-old joined the Navy in January 2000.  He was also the CSG2 Senior Shore Sailor of the Year

The other candidate for Junior Sea Sailor of the Year was Petty Officer Second Class Clair Dopson, IV, while Petty Officer Second Class Edward Martin was the other Junior Shore Sailor of the year.

A submarine-qualified electronics technician assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757), home ported in Groton, Conn, the 23-year-old Dopson was also the CSG2 Junior Sea Sailor of the Year.   He is from Charleston, S.C., and joined the Navy in August 2007.  

Martin, is a dual surface and aviation warfare-qualified machinist’s mate assigned to the Trident Refit Facility, home based in Kings Bay, Ga.    The 26-year-old is a native of Rock Hill, S.C., and enlisted in the Navy in February 2005.  He was also the CSG10 Junior Shore Sailor of the Year.   

NORFOLK, Va. – The 2011 Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (SUBLANT) Senior and Junior Sailors of the Year (SOY) were announced today.  The winners were recognized by Vice Adm. John Richardson, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, during a luncheon held at the Vista Point Center, Naval Station Norfolk.

"We are here today to celebrate excellence,” Richardson said.   “These Sailors are the Submarine Forces' equivalent to the Plays of the Day.  These Sailors are the folks that make up our highlight reels, the very best of the best.  Their dedication and talent inspires us all to dig deeper and achieve more—to raise our game up a notch or two.  They are the examples that we look to.  It's a privilege to be amongst our superstars. They are an inspiration to me, our Force and our Navy."

The 2011 SUBLANT Senior Sea Sailor of the Year was Petty Officer First Class William Nagel, a nuclear-trained and submarine-qualified electrician’s mate assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Albany (SSN 753), home ported in Norfolk, Va.  The 31-year-old Sailor is from Montgomery County, Texas, and joined the Navy in August 1998.   He was also the Commander, Submarine Group Two (CSG2) Senior Sea Sailor of the Year.   CSG2’s headquarters are in Groton, Conn.

“It is just a tremendous honor to be nominated, and for being selected I am lost for words,” said Nagel.  “This means everything because of the great support I got from my wife and family.  I don’t know what separated me from the other Sailors, but being the Educational Services Officer onboard helped.  As the ESO, I mentored a lot of junior Sailors and was involved with every junior Sailor in  providing them tools for advancement.”

Petty Officer First Class Scott Biden was recognized as the 2011 SUBLANT Senior Shore Sailor of the Year.  He is a submarine-qualified yeoman assigned to staff at Commander, Submarine Group 10, headquartered in Kings Bay, Ga.    He was born in Monica, Calif., but raised in Upland, Calif., and joined the Navy in February 2000.  The 31-year-old was also the Commander, Submarine Group Ten (CSG10) Shore Sailor of the Year.  

“Without the support and guidance of my wife, and the support of my shipmates, I would not be standing here today,” said Biden.  “This is a tremendous award for all my mentors who have helped me get here, and continue to help me.”

As the Senior Shore and Sea Sailors of the Year, Nagel and Biden will represent SUBLANT in the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) Sailor of the Year competition.  The USFFC competition will be held in March with other Atlantic Fleet type command winners.   The Atlantic Fleet sea winner from that competition will be meritoriously advanced to chief petty officer, while the Atlantic Fleet shore winner will enter the Chief of Naval Operations competition in Washington, D.C.

The 2011 SUBLANT Junior Sea Sailor of the Year was Petty Officer Second Class Mike Blizzard, a 25-year-old submarine-qualified fire control technician assigned to the Ohio-class ballistic submarine USS West Virginia (SSBN 736), home ported in Kings Bay, Ga.  He is from Scranton, N.C., and joined the Navy in February 2007.   He was also the CSG10 Junior Sea Sailor of the Year. 

“We have a great command,” said Blizzard.  “This means a lot and can’t really think of any additional words to describe emotions.  Amazing and shows what hard work can do for someone’s career.”

Petty Officer Second Class Alexander Hiller was honored as the 2011 SUBLANT Junior Shore Sailor of the Year.  He is a 25-year-old surface-warfare qualified boatswain’s mate assigned to the staff at Commander, Naval Submarine Support Facility, home based in New London, Conn.    Hiller is from Dunkirk, N.Y., and joined the Navy in August 2003.  He was also the CSG2 Junior Shore Sailor of the Year. 

“This is a great honor, particularly being a surface Sailor working in the submarine fleet,” said Hiller.  “It was not just the award, but coming here and meeting all the high-level people and achievers.  This was significant because it is indicates the impartiality of the submarine fleet, and their willingness to recognize excellence.”        

Force Master Chief Kirk Saunders, SUBLANT Force Master Chief, stated he was proud of the professionalism, civic-mindedness, and family-oriented focus always exhibited by all enlisted submarine force Sailors.  But he said this group was special and possessed a sharper edge.

The Sailor of the Year program is an excellent forum to recognize our top performers,” said Saunders.  “For the past several days during the selection process, I have gotten to know the Sailors and their families.  I have truly been honored and inspired by them.  These Sailors are carrying the torch in leading our commander's vision for the submarine force.  They are preparing and ensuring our submariners are ready forces able to engage in current, forward, and future operations and warfighting."

The other candidates for Senior Sea Sailor and Senior Shore Sailor of the year were Petty Officer First Class Jessy White and Petty Officer First Class Sean McLaughlin, respectively.

White is a 31-year-old submarine-qualified electrician’s mate assigned to the USS West Virginia (SSBN 736).  He is from Marion, Ohio, and entered the Navy in 1998.   He was also the CSG10 Sea Sailor of the Year.  

McLaughlin, a native of Silver Spring, Md., is a surface-warfare and expeditionary- warfare qualified boatswain’s mate assigned to the staff at Commander, Submarine Squadron Six, headquartered in Norfolk, Va.    The 36-year-old joined the Navy in January 2000.  He was also the CSG2 Senior Shore Sailor of the Year

The other candidate for Junior Sea Sailor of the Year was Petty Officer Second Class Clair Dopson, IV, while Petty Officer Second Class Edward Martin was the other Junior Shore Sailor of the year.

A submarine-qualified electronics technician assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757), home ported in Groton, Conn, the 23-year-old Dopson was also the CSG2 Junior Sea Sailor of the Year.  He is from Charleston, S.C., and joined the Navy in August 2007.  

Martin, is a dual surface and aviation warfare-qualified machinist’s mate assigned to the Trident Refit Facility, home based in Kings Bay, Ga.    The 26-year-old is a native of Rock Hill, S.C., and enlisted in the Navy in February 2005.  He was also the CSG10 Junior Shore Sailor of the Year.