Friday, July 23, 2010

Best Sailors in the Navy 2009

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ingrid Cortez, U.S. Fleet Forces Sea Sailor of the Year; Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Shalanda Brewer, Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year; Operations Specialist 1st Class Samira McBride, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year and Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Cassandra Foote, Chief of Naval Operations Shore Sailor of the Year were each presented their Chief Petty Officer appointment letter from the CNO prior to having their anchors pinned to their collars and combination covers placed on their heads.

The Sailor of the Year program was established in 1972 by the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral 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. Admiral Zumwalt's son, retired USMC Lt Col James Zumwalt, is working with the U.S. Postal Service to have his father recognized on a postage stamp for his long career of service to our Sailors. You can read about his efforts HERE.


CID Sailor said...

I don't know about the rest but that girl on the end, Cassandra, is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Not a single male, Caucasian amongst them. How progressive.

Anonymous said...

Do new CPOs get frocked before September these days?

I recall going through one long, hot damn summer of "training" before getting frocked in mid-September.

Or is there a different timeline for SOYs?

Captain - Special Duty Cryptology said...

Yes, the process is different for the SOYs. They will go through "transition" with their fellow selectees as already frocked CPOs.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. That would explain their rested, happy appearance:-)

Anonymous said...

These Sailors are advanced to CPO, not frocked to CPO. Their effective date of rate is in the month that they are advanced - I assume to be 16 July 2010. They also enjoy the opportunity to compete for selection to SCPO 1 year earlier than the CPOs who will be selected off of this year's FY11 CPO selection board.

Captain - Special Duty Cryptology said...

Anonymous 25 July 5:56PM

Provides a correction to my note of
24 July 9:59 AM.

Thank you Anonymous.

Anonymous said...

They might get advanced...but time in rate for everyone that gets frocked on 16 Sep goes back to 1 July...And I don't think these CPOs will get an advanced look at SCPO. Time in Rate is 3 yrs from E7-E8 & E8-E9.

Anonymous said...

Whatever the TIR date or transition participation, I for one do not agree with this automatic Chief-ing.
Not to take anything away from any of the fine Sailors who would probably have been quite competitive in the tank.
Instead, I believe this just further invalidates the selection board. I have known many SOY's at various tier commands not get selected due to not being the "best qualified" SBE. Would be interested in how many of these Sailors were SBE.



Anonymous said...

4 Female CNO SOYs? How PC have we become? Not taking anything away from them...I am sure they are all VERY competitive amongst the other SOYs. But come on! Coincidence? I think not!

I also think the CNO SOYs should go through the selection board process!! I sat the board and saw a letter from the POTUS recommending...and I paraphrase..."SELECT THIS GUY NOW!" All members of the board HAD to physically touch the letter.

Needless to say that member was not selected due to not being the "best qualified"

Anonymous said...

Look out for the "listers!" THIS IS BS! TO THE 10TH DEGREE!


Anonymous said...

IS the Navy become so PC that it cannot even find select 1 male as a SOY?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, July 29, 2010, 7:16 AM,

Discuss? Just exactly what is it you would like to discuss? The program of SOY generated by ADM Zumwalt was nothing more than allowing some individuals to advance to Chief without having all the credentials for advancement. You speak of the many SOY’s that you have known, you had to be around a long time to know many, but yet you failed to identify yourself, except as anonymous. Then your use of double negatives places in question what you really mean. Could you, please, identify yourself and then I am positive the respondents to this blog would observe your request, and discuss this subject.

E. A. Hughes, FTCM (SS)
US Navy (Retired)