A native of Race Course Clarendon, Jamaica, Noel Reid was running his own business and working for a private school. But, after the recession hit, many people lost their jobs that eventually affected him. Reid then decided to take a different path.
Reid wanted job security. He knew a little bit about the Navy from his brother who served four years as a machinist’s mate, so he made the decision to join.
Now as Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (fuel) 3rd Class Noel Reid on board amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), he has accomplished a lot since reporting in Feb. 2011.
“During my career on board, the first thing I wrote down on my paper for goals was I wanted to be Sailor of the year,” said Reid. “I also wanted my surface and air pins and all of my qualifications.”
“Right now, I have maxed out all of the qualifications in my department, I have both of my pins and received a few awards,” Reid said.
Reid was announced Peleliu’s Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY) 2012 in Oct. 22.
The JSOY is awarded aboard Peleliu to a Sailor at the pay grade E-4, who demonstrated initiative in performance, exemplary personal conduct and military bearing and outstanding achievements.
“Reid is an outstanding mentor with great military bearing and superb work ethics,” said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Trumpus Thomas, Reid’s leading chief petty officer. “He is first in the work center and last to leave.”
Reid competed against three other Sailors who were all tested on the ship’s mission, chain of command, military bearing, basic military knowledge and current events.
“Reid is always taking care of his peers,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Juan Gonzalez, Reid’s leading petty officer. “He helps them with their qualifications and gives them advice whenever they need it.”
Reid’s current responsibilities include active pump room supervisor, V-4 below decks assistant leading petty officer, work center supervisor, and repair parts petty officer.
Apart from his responsibilities in his shop, Reid is the air department operational security representative, was the captain of Peleliu’s soccer team, and also volunteers in his community as a mentor when he is home.
“I don’t believe in mediocrity,” said Reid. “I believe in setting the highest standard and holding myself accountable to the highest standard and highest expectation. I settle for nothing less. Absolutely nothing less than the highest.”
According to Reid, should he decide to stay in the Navy, he plans on applying for the Officer Candidate School. Thomas has high regards for his success in the future.
“The sky is the limit for this outstanding Sailor, he has accomplished so much in a short period of time and I strongly believe his best is yet to come,” said Thomas.
In 1972, the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, John Whittet, established the Sailor of the Year Program to recognize the Sailors who best represent their individual commands in the Navy from the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet. Within 10 years later, the program was expanded to include the shore base commands and reserve Sailors.
Peleliu is the flagship for the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and along with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.