Submarine Force Atlantic Announces 2009 Sailors of the Year
NORFOLK, Va. – The 2009 Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT) Senior and Junior Sailors of the Year (SOY) were announced yesterday. The winners were recognized by Vice Adm. John Donnelly, Commander, Submarine Forces, during a luncheon held at the Snug Harbor Club on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story.
The Senior Sea Sailor of the Year was Petty Officer First Class James V. Mandile. He is an electronics technician qualified in submarines, and stationed onboard the guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) (GOLD), homeported in Kings Bay, Ga. A native of Groton, Conn., he joined the Navy, October 29, 2003.
Petty Officer First Class Jose A. Mercado was recognized as the Senior Shore Sailor of the Year. He is a nuclear-trained electricians mate qualified in submarines, and currently assigned at the Naval Submarine Support Center, Kings Bay, Ga. Born and raised in New York City, he joined the Navy, July 21, 1999.
Winner of the Junior Sea Sailor of the Year was Petty Officer Second Class Samuel A. Ruiz. A native of Palos Heights, Ill., the nuclear-trained electricians mate is submarines qualified, and currently stationed the Los Angeles fast attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750), homeported in Norfolk, Va. Ruiz joined the Navy, April 2, 2005.
Petty Officer Second Class William J. Primiano was recognized as the Junior Shore Sailor of the Year. He is a yeoman currently assigned to the Naval Submarine Support Center, Kings Bay, Ga., and is submarines qualified. The Portland, Maine native joined the Navy, March 11, 2003.
The SUBLANT senior shore and sea sailors of the year will enter the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command competition next month against 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.