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(Above) he Junior Officers of the Year and their spouses with Rear Adm. Cecil Haney, Director, Submarine Warfare, and his wife, Bonnie. Photo by Molly Little.

The Submarine Force Junior Officers of the Year (JOOY) represent some of the best and brightest the Submarine Force has to offer. The JOOY Program is an annual competition that gives special recognition to those junior officers of the Submarine Force, to include submarine tenders, who demonstrate superior seamanship, management, leadership, and tactical and technical knowledge. Recognition as a JOOY is based on an intense, squadron-wide competition.

The 2009 JOOYs are: Lt. Rowdy A. Garcia, USS Norfolk (SSN-714), Lt. William J. Howey III, USS San Juan (SSN-751), Lt. James E. Lysinger, USS Maryland (SSBN-738)(GOLD), Lt. Patrick M. McDonnell, USS Springfield (SSN-761), Lt. Sean M. Meredith, New Mexico (SSN-779), Lt. Jeffrey J. Morrison, USS Helena (SSN-725), Lt. Sidney W. Morrison, USS Los Angeles (SSN-688), Lt. Douglas W. Rosaaen, USS Columbus (SSN-762), Lt. Matthew W. Smith, USS Newport News (SSN-750), Lt. Matthew C. White, USS Houston (SSN-713), Lt. j. g. Jason C. Crews, USS Georgia (SSGN-729)(BLUE), Lt. j. g. William R. Fowler, USS Seawolf (SSN-21), Lt. j. g. Alexander J. Franz, USS Ohio (SSGN-726) (BLUE), Lt. j. g. Joshua A. Hausback, USS Miami (SSN-755), Lt. j. g. Nickolas Lancaster, USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) (BLUE), Lt. j. g. Michael M. Newby, USS Emory S. Land (AS-39), Lt. j. g. Kyle L. Woerner, USS Chicago (SSN-721), and Ensign Jason S. Kneeland, USS Frank Cable (AS-40).

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Rear Adm. Ralph Ghormley (ret.) leads the Junior Officers of the Year on a tour of the Navy Museum on the Washington Navy Yard. Photo by Molly Little.

In recognition of their significant achievement, JOOY and their spouses are offered a four day experience in Washington D.C. This year’s JOOY met with Adm. and Mrs. Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations; Adm. Kirkland Donald, Director, Naval Reactors; Vice Adm. Jay Donnelly, Commander, Submarine Force; Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, Chief of Naval Personnel; Rear Adm. Dave Gove, Oceanographer of the Navy; Rear Adm. Dan Holloway, Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel; and Rear Adm. Cecil Haney, Director, Submarine Warfare. They also toured the Naval Research Laboratories, the Navy Memorial, the Naval Observatory, the Navy Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, and the Pentagon, among other activities during their stay.

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The Junior Officers of the Year and their spouses with Adm. Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations, and his wife, Ellen. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tiffini Jones.

While in Washington, D.C., the JOOY took time to share some highlights about their experiences as JOOY with UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine.

Rear Adm. Jay DeLoach (USNR), a retired submariner and the current Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command and the Curator of the Navy, speaks to the Junior Officers of the Year prior to their tour of the Navy Museum. Photo by Molly Little.


Ms. Little is the senior editor of UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine.