San Diego Native Named USS Wayne E. Meyer SOY
SAN DIEGO - A San Diego native has been selected as the 2014 Sailor of the Year on board the guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).
Yeoman 1st Class (SW) Shanelle Stribling, a 2000 graduate of Hoover High School, was selected for the honor as recognition for her hard work and dedication in her positions as ship’s secretary and executive department leading petty officer.
Stribling led the ship’s office in the effective processing of instructions, awards, and all other official correspondence, ensuring the effective flow of communication throughout the ship’s chain of command.
“I can depend on Petty Officer Stribling for any and all administrative responsibilities,” said Cmdr. Randy Van Rossum, Wayne E. Meyer’s commanding officer. “Her positive attitude and outstanding work ethic keep the ship’s crew on the right track.”
Stribling has spread her talents throughout many aspects of the ship’s mission, serving as both a member of the Damage Control Training Team and an Assistant Command Fitness Leader. She said these collateral duties have helped her train and inspire junior Sailors by providing experience and knowledge.
“I have a come a long way in such a short period of time, and I would not be here if it weren’t for my mentors, seniors, peers, and junior Sailors,” said Stribling. “They have helped me get to where I am today and reminded me to never give up. I have learned a lot working my way up the ranks but the biggest lesson of all is you can’t do anything without teamwork. “
Stribling attributed her recognition for the award to the people who have supported her throughout her naval career.
“I want to thank everyone I have ever served with for the great times and life lessons,” said Stribling. “It’s an honor being able to represent Wayne E. Meyer and my fellow Sailors. I will continue to strive for excellence and reach back and pave the way for others to replace me.”
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.