USS Annapolis Sailor chosen Serviceperson of the Month for June
WATERFORD, Conn. – Yeoman Second Class Esteban Gonzalez of USS Annapolis (SSN 760) was recently honored as June’s Serviceperson of the Month by the Waterford Rotary. Gonzalez’s shipmate, Machinist Mate 1st Class William Taylor, accepted his award at a luncheon at Waterford’s Filomena restaurant July 25, because Gonzalez was unable to attend.
The Service Person of the Month program provides community recognition of outstanding active duty enlisted personnel stationed in the Groton-New London area. The program is coordinated by the Easter Connecticut Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with local active duty military organizations and actively supported by local service clubs and civic organizations. These organizations honor and celebrate the active duty servicemembers accomplishments at monthly events sponsored by the clubs and organizations.
Petty Officer Gonzalez’ superior level of ship’s knowledge along with the demonstrated professionalism and superior skills as a watchstander makes him the perfect “go-to guy” for the training and education of the junior Sailors according Gonzalez’s nomination package.
As the Yeoman Division Leading Petty Officer, he consistently demonstrates advanced in-rate knowledge, work ethic, and leadership abiity. He has repeatly served as the ship’s Leading Yeoman, a billet held by a Chief Petty Office, where his exemplary performance in solving complex personnel issues, meeting administrative requirements, and providing top-notch customer service reflected the skillsets of a much more senior Yeoman.
In addition to the recognition and the free lunch Gonzalez was given by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, he also received a jewelry store gift certificate, savings bonds, free fishing trip tickets, tickets to various local attractions and a plaque from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.
Taylor thanked the group for Gonzalez for everything that they do. He said,”Due to the boat’s schedule, community service is difficult but Gonzalez always finds the time to help others.”