Stewart, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is assigned to SURFLANT’s Afloat Training Group as an afloat trainer/assessor and S-1 Customer Service leading petty officer. Her collateral duties include Command Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate, First Class Petty Officer Association Secretary and Assistant Department Career Counselor.
Beltran, a native of Bogota, Columbia, is assigned to the Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) where he serves as Engineering Department leading petty officer. Beltran recently graduated with top honors from Propulsion Alarms and 400 Hz Maintenance school. His decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal.
Eight SURFPAC and 10 SURFLANT Finalists took part in board interviews, command events and a series of community outreach activities.
“They are the best of the surface force and all are true professionals, shipmates, and surface warriors,” said SURFLANT Command Master Chief Scott Kelley. “They epitomize the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.”
“We are here to recognize these Sailors’ outstanding service,” said SURFPAC Force Master Chief Jason Wallis. “They should be extremely proud of their accomplishments and the fact that their commands recognized their hard work and have lead them to this path puts them one step away from putting on anchors.”
These winners will now compete in Hawaii against nominees vying for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) Shore and Sea SOY titles. The sea and shore-based commands of COMPACFLT represent more than 200,000 Sailors. The top COMPACFLT Sea Sailor will be eligible for meritorious promotion to chief petty officer and the Shore SOY will move on to competition in Washington, D.C., for possible designation as the 2014 Chief of Naval Operations Shore SOY.
The SOY program was established in 1972, by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet, to recognize an individual Sailor who best represented the ever-growing group of dedicated professional Sailors at each command and ultimately the Navy.