2011 SURFPAC Sailor of the Year Finalists
A pool of over 150 Sailor of the Year candidates has been narrowed down to just eight finalists in the Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC). This week the finalists and their spouses are in San Diego for the annual Sea and Shore Sailor of the Year week. The Sailors will interview with Surface Force leaders, participate in command events and community outreach activities, and visit local attractions including the USS Midway Museum, San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld. On Friday, a banquet will be held at Hotel del Coronado where the sea and shore Sailor of the Year winners will be announced. These winners will then advance to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year competition. Below is a brief look at each of these accomplished Sailor of the Year finalists.
HM1 Mat Pagan from USS Bunker Hill (CG 52)
Petty Officer Pagan attended Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman School in November 2009 and graduated with honors in November 2010 as a First Class Petty Officer. HM1 Pagan is currently assigned to the USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) as the Senior Medical Department Representative/Medical Officer.
GSM1 Rennsie Gregorio from USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110)
In December 2009, Petty Officer Gregorio reported to pre-commissioning unit William P. Lawrence where he was assigned Main Propulsion Division LPO and Engineering Department LPO. In May 2011, GSM1 Gregorio attended Detainee Operations training and earned NEC 90DP, and has since returned to USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110).
ET1 James Kyne III from USS Dewey (DDG 105)
Petty Officer Kyne is currently assigned as Combat Electronics Division LPO on USS Dewey (DDG 105) where he is responsible for leading 16 personnel in the maintenance of exterior and interior communications and the RADAR/navigation suites. ET1 Kyne holds an Associate of Science in aviation sciences.
NC1 Jason Duque from USS Makin Island (LHD 8)
Petty Officer Duque was selected for pre-commissioning duty with Makin Island in July 2007, where he was promoted to First Class Petty Officer and attained his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist designation. Soon thereafter, NC1 Duque was appointed as the Executive Department LPO and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Coordinator on USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
SH1 Tracy Thresher from Afloat Training Group San Diego
Petty Officer Thresher had a tour at Training Support Center San Diego, attended Journeyman Instructor School and earned the NEC 9502. SH1 Thresher checked into Afloat Training Group San Diego in April 2009. She has completed her Afloat Training Specialist qualification and Master Training Specialist qualification.
LS1 Rita Siqueiros from Beachmaster Unit One
Petty Officer Siqueiros led her division on USS Pinckney (DDG 91) to Supply Management Certification, and successfully certified the Supply Departments Store Division on USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). LS1 Siqueiros reported to Beachmaster Unit One in February 2010 where she is the command’s Supply Officer—usually a Chief Petty Officer billet.
HM1 Eric Hurley from Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One
In August 2010, Petty Officer Hurley transferred to Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One. During his time there, he served as the interim IDC for USS Sampson (DDG 102) and USS Halsey (DDG 97). HM1 Hurley holds associates and bachelor’s degrees in health sciences.
NC1 Valerie McNairy from PCU Anchorage (LPD 23)
Petty Officer McNairy holds a bachelor’s in early childhood education and a master’s in human behavior. After a tour with Training Support Center San Diego, NC1 McNairy checked in to Pre-Commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23).