Fire Controlman Named USS Wayne E. Meyer JSOY
SAN DIEGO – A fire controlman has been chosen as the 2014 Junior Sailor of the Year on board the guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).
Fire Controlman Second Class (SW) Ryan Cinqmars, a native of Norco, California and a 2004 graduate of Norco High School, was selected for the honor as recognition for his hard work and dedication in his positions as fire control division workcenter supervisor and radar technician.
His ability to balance his demanding and complex divisional responsibilities with his vital role as a knowledgeable and experienced technician helped to maintain the ship’s operational capabilities.
“Petty Officer Cinqmars is both a skilled technician and a dedicated leader,” said Cmdr. Randy Van Rossum, Wayne E. Meyer’s commanding officer. “He has ensured not only that his responsibilities are carried out effectively, but that the junior Sailors he leads will be well-prepared to do the same in the future.”
Cinqmars has also dedicated himself to Wayne E. Meyer’s Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team as well as the Force Protection Training Team, ensuring maximum readiness for terrorist and asymmetrical threats to the ship and crew.
“I am truly proud of the great honor, and feel like it’s a great recognition of the milestones that I have accomplished throughout my naval career,” said Cinqmars. “The longer I stay in the Navy, the more attached I feel to naval heritage and the rich history of this institution.”
Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, the 19th Chief of Naval Operations, launched the Sailor of the Year program in 1972 as a way to recognize extraordinary Sailors at sea.
USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) was commissioned in 2009 and is named after the late Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer, who is regarded as the "Father of Aegis" for his service as the Aegis Weapons System Manager and later his development of the Aegis Shipbuilding Project Office.