The USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE Sailor of the Year for 2011 GSM1 Gregorio, was selected Sailor of the Year for Destroyer Squadron 23 and Strike Group 11. He will now compete for Command Naval Surfaces Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC) Sailor of the Year.
If selected, he will compete for Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year.
When asked how he feels having made it this far in the selection process he said, “I am extremely honored and excited to represent Team LAWRENCE in the competition for COMNAVSURFPAC Sailor of the Year. Being able to advance to this level is evidence of the strength of support the command (USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE DDG-110) offers its sailors. This is not about me, it’s about the team.” His leadership philosophy is to lead by example, pursuing an actively involved, hands-on approach. Daily, he seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of those with whom he works. GSM1 is highly regarded by his peers, subordinates and superiors. His Chief Petty Officer and the Chief Engineer praised Gregorio. “His effective leadership abilities enable him to focus on multiple work centers at once and prioritize the area of greatest need. He places the command first, not himself. Gregorio is a clear example of what every Chief Petty Officer was when they were a First class Petty Officer.”
GSM1 Gregorio has been in the Navy for over 18 years serving tours on the FITZGERALD DDG-62, the KINKAID DD-965, the OLDENDORF DD 972, and various shore commands such as SWRMC and COMNAVREGSW. He was awarded a Navy Commendation medal while serving for SWRMC and at least one Navy Achievement Medal at every command he has served. GSM1 was born in the Philippines and came to the United States at the age of two. He grew up in San Diego watching and learning from his father, who served in the Navy for 24 years. He acquired a firm leadership style and grasped the significance of serving his country. The desire to continue his father’s legacy inspired him to join the Navy.
On board the LAWRENCE, GSM1 Gregorio is the Lead Petty Officer (LPO) for main propulsion division and repair division, making him the only first class onboard as the LPO for two divisions. This makes him responsible for leading, mentoring and training 33 sailors. During Land Based Engineering Systems (LBES) training, he re-qualified Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOWW) becoming the only First Class Petty Officer qualified EOWW onboard. His collateral duties include: Primary assistant for Command Fitness Leader, Senior Representative for the Coalition of Sailors against Destructive Decisions, Departmental 3M Assistant, and Gas Free Engineering Assistant.
IT1 Grewal, one of GSM1Gregorio’s mentees experienced his leadership abilities first hand and remarked, “The reason he is such a pivotal and effective leader is because GSM1 does not just take enlisted crew members and make great sailors out of them, he molds them into outstanding leaders, who then create a domino effect of going out into the command and doing the same. By accomplishing this, GSM1’s sphere of influence is felt throughout the entire command.”
In GSM1’s packet for Sailor of the Year for DESRON 23, the USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE Commanding Officer wrote, “As his outstanding accomplishments and leadership qualities inspired forty junior Sailors to select him as their CSADD Advisor and mentor, he is the obvious choice for selection as the Commander Destroyer Squadron Twenty Three Senior Sailor of the Year! GSM1 Gregorio has my strongest personal recommendation and confidence to win Squadron, Force, and Fleet SOY.”
The crew, chief’s mess and wardroom of the USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE are extremely proud and excited for GSM1 Gregorio for making it this far and are cheering him on to win Command Naval Surfaces Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC) Sailor of the Year and beyond.