SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, announced the 2014 3rd Fleet Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a ceremony held at command headquarters in Point Loma, Feb. 27.
Information Systems Technician 1st Class Jennifer L. Morgan, from Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, was selected as the Shore Sailor of the Year and Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Cedric D. Howard, from Commander, Carrier Strike Group 1, was selected as the Sea Sailor of the Year.
"These nine phenomenal Sailor of the Year finalists represent the very best and the absolute finest of their commands," said Floyd. "They have been selected for their consistent performance and adherence to the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment."
Prior to announcing the winners, a panel of U.S. 3rd Fleet master chiefs held a board interview for each of the nine SOY nominees. During the process, board members evaluated each Sailor's personal appearance, military bearing and career accomplishments. The board chair's recommendation for SOY selections was then forwarded to U.S. 3rd Fleet leadership for final approval.
"The board process is very grueling," said U.S. 3rd Fleet Command Master Chief Loran M. Bather. "It starts at the command level. Throughout the Sailor of the Year process, all the 1st class petty officer's packages are reviewed and the top nominees are presented to their command leaders who go through the process of selecting their best candidates."
The Sailors also participated in a week of activities with SOY candidates from U.S. 3rd Fleet, Naval Air Forces (CNAP), Naval Surface Forces Pacific (CNSP) and Submarine Forces (CSP). Activities included command events and community outreach at locations such as the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and a USS Midway Museum guided tour.
"My inspiration this week was my Sailors," said Morgan. "Seeing what they have been able to do and watching them strive and continue to excel empowers me to be the best I can possibly be for them."
"I have been blessed with a group of Sailors that have supported me and gone above and beyond for me and our mission for the last year," added Morgan. "I absolutely contribute my success to their success."
Other shore nominees included Operations Specialist 1st Class Shawn L. Hale, from Commanding Officer, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific and Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Bryan J. Olsen, from Commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command.
The nominees for Sea SOY were Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Jason J. Martz, from Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11; Operations Specialist 1st Class Keith T. Osburn, from Commander, Carrier Strike Group 3; Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Eduardo G. Pamatz, from Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9; Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Eric G. Speight, from Commander, Carrier Strike Group 15; and Logistics Specialist 1st Class Shaun S. Winnett, from Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3.
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