William P. Lawrence Sailor Named DESRON 23 Bluejacket of the Year
USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE, At sea -- A USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) Sailor has been named as the Destroyer Squadron Two Three (DESRON 23) 2013 Bluejacket of the Year.
Boatswain’s Mate Seaman (SW) Erika Miranda Alvarez was announced as the recipient of the award via official U.S. Navy message traffic Oct. 15 by Capt. H. Thomas Workman, DESRON 23 commander.
“Things like this don’t happen every day,” said Miranda Alvarez. “Getting DESRON 23 Bluejacket of the Year is definitely a morale booster and motivator.”
The award recognizes Sailors in the ranks of seaman recruit to seaman (pay grades E-1 to E-3). It considers a multi-faceted grading sheet, highlighting areas such as job performance, leadership and military bearing.
“My parents are excited, they have always known I could be successful,” said Miranda Alvarez. “My dad is very proud. He has always wanted to be in the military, and me succeeding brings a lot of joy to him.”
Miranda Alvarez, a native of Washington D.C., joined the Navy in November of 2010 and reported on board William P. Lawrence Feb 12, 2011. She is one of the most junior Sailors in the command, and one of four female boatswain’s mates out of the 24 Sailors assigned to the ship’s deck division.
The boatswain’s mate rating is known to be very demanding, yet Miranda Alvarez said she still finds time to balance her two collateral duties of assistant respiratory protection program coordinator and assistant repair parts petty officer.
“I feel honored, but I feel the same because at the end of the day I still have to do my job,” said Miranda Alvarez. “If doing my job got me there then I will continue to do it.”
She said her advice to other Sailors who want to be successful in the Navy is simple.
“Work hard and no matter what comes along, try to do your best and don’t let anything get in your way,” she said.
Her supervisor describes her as a strong-willed, tenacious, compassionate and self-motivated individual.
“She inspires other Sailors by consistently proving that one can achieve success if they put their hearts and minds to it,” said Ensign Farsai Anantachaisilp, Miranda Alvarez’s division officer. “She never quits!”