Sailors of the Year
U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Atlantic Fleet

Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) and Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (SURFLANT) announced the 2014 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY).

For SURFPAC, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Petty Officer David C. Dysart, assigned to USS Makin Island (LHD 8), was named the Sea SOY, and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) 1st Class Joseph C. Mathews, assigned to USS America (LHA 6), was named Shore SOY. For SURFLANT, Logistics Specialist 1st Class Tamar Stewart, assigned to SURFLANT’s Afloat Training Group, was named Shore SOY and Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Alberto Beltran, assigned to USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), was selected as Sea SOY.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Petty Officer David C. DysartDysart hails from St. Joseph, Missouri, and entered the Navy on Nov. 17, 2003. He completed the Airman Apprenticeship Training Core Course in Pensacola, Florida, and began his shore tour at instructor duty with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 at Naval Station North Island. His sea commands includes USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Makin Island (LHD 8), where he is currently assigned as the Air Department leading petty officer (LPO).



Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) 1st Class Joseph C. MathewsMathews, a native of Hayward, California, entered the Navy in June 2003. He graduated from “A” School in October 2003 at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) in Pensacola, Florida. His shore tour includes an assignment to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island as the Fuels LPO. His sea commands include USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS America (LHA 6), where he is currently assigned as the Air Department LPO and V4 Division’s Maintenance LPO.


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Logistics Specialist 1st Class Tamar StewartStewart, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is assigned to SURFLANT’s Afloat Training Group as an afloat trainer/assessor and S-1 Customer Service leading petty officer. Her collateral duties include Command Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate, First Class Petty Officer Association Secretary and Assistant Department Career Counselor.


Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Alberto BeltranBeltran, a native of Bogota, Columbia, is assigned to the Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) where he serves as Engineering Department leading petty officer. Beltran recently graduated with top honors from Propulsion Alarms and 400 Hz Maintenance school. His decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal.


Eight SURFPAC and 10 SURFLANT Finalists took part in board interviews, command events and a series of community outreach activities.

“They are the best of the surface force and all are true professionals, shipmates, and surface warriors,” said SURFLANT Command Master Chief Scott Kelley. “They epitomize the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.”

“We are here to recognize these Sailors’ outstanding service,” said SURFPAC Force Master Chief Jason Wallis. “They should be extremely proud of their accomplishments and the fact that their commands recognized their hard work and have lead them to this path puts them one step away from putting on anchors.”

These winners will now compete in Hawaii against nominees vying for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) Shore and Sea SOY titles. The sea and shore-based commands of COMPACFLT represent more than 200,000 Sailors. The top COMPACFLT Sea Sailor will be eligible for meritorious promotion to chief petty officer and the Shore SOY will move on to competition in Washington, D.C., for possible designation as the 2014 Chief of Naval Operations Shore SOY.

The SOY program was established in 1972, by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet, to recognize an individual Sailor who best represented the ever-growing group of dedicated professional Sailors at each command and ultimately the Navy. Surface Warfare Magazine

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