SAN DIEGO - USS Howard (DDG 83) recently announced the top three sailors of the year for 2012. The Senior Sailor of the Year is Cryptologic Technician Technical First Class (SW/AW) Kristianne Chardon, the Junior Sailor of the Year is Electronics Technician Second Class (SW) Jason Herrick and the Blue Jacket of the Year is Cryptologic Technician Technical Seaman (SW) Robert Schweizer.
These three sailors beat out tough competition to claim the title as Howard’s best Sailors of 2012. They were announced as winners by the ship’s Captain, Cmdr. David Zook on October 18th, 2012.
Senior Sailor of the Year Chardon transferred to the Howard in October of 2011 to serve as leading petty officer (LPO) for Operations Technical Division. As LPO she led the division through several material inspection events culminating in the Board of Inspection and Survey. Since her arrival onboard she tackled challenging command collateral duties to include assistant safety officer, sexual assault prevention and response victim advocate and Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society fund drive coordinator with great success. Off duty she dedicates countless hours volunteering in the local San Diego community.
When told about her selection as senior sailor of the quarter, Chardon replied
“I felt extremely overjoyed, I was at a loss for words because I could not believe that both myself and my seaman [Schweizer] had been selected at the same time. It was also the first time I was able to celebrate a Navy accomplishment with my mom who happened to be vacationing in San Diego. It was an indescribable feeling. I was actually shaking when the guys broke the news to me.”
Herrick, Howard’s choice for Junior Sailor of the Year, has three years on the Howard. As one of the ship’s most trusted electronic technicians he helped repair a critical air navigation systems onboard. He also stands watch in combat systems where he oversees the function of the ship’s communications, radars and navigation equipment. He takes pride serving as Howard’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Committee President and helps organize events that boost crew morale including, holiday parties and family picnics.
After Herrick’s selection as junior sailor of the quarter his division officer Lieutenant Robert Taylor remarked
“Herrick is an awesome technician, a truly outstanding sailor. He is the epitome of what a sailor should be today.”
The Blue Jacket of the Year Schweizer is one of Howard’s highly motivated junior leaders. Onboard for over two years now, he is a highly relied upon in Operations Technical Division and holds several collateral duties that are usually led by more senior petty officers. He spent many additional hours in his off time qualifying in watch stations outside of his assigned job specialty area, to include becoming a duty gunner’s mate.
Speaking of Schweizer’s accomplishments, his leading chief petty officer, Chief Cryptologic Technician Technical (SW/IDW) Logan Brock, he said
“Schweizer is very active in the command, he does not just stick to work within his electronic warfare rate. He accepts many additional responsibilities with energy and a great attitude.”
USS Howard is part of Destroyer Squadron 23 in San Diego.