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February 28, 2013 / iDriveWarships

SURFPAC Welcomes 2012 Sailor of the Year Finalists

Sailor of the Year finalists with FORCM Knox

Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) welcomed eight Sailors to San Diego for its annual Sea and Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY) week. The Sailor of the Year program recognizes individuals who best represent each command, and ultimately, the Navy. The week’s events honor each of the finalists for their contributions to their commands and local communities while evaluating their military bearing, professional performance, and leadership skills. This week they are all competing for the Sailor of the Year title, which will be announced 1 March. Get a brief look at each of the accomplished finalists below.

ABH1(AW/SW) Shawn-Patrick Bland
Petty Officer Bland was first assigned to USS Wasp (LHD 1) in Norfolk, Va. After five years, he took orders to Recruiting Duty at Navy Recruiting District Ohio. Taking on a more challenging duty, he adjusted and excelled in every facet. His next duty station was the pre-commissioning unit for USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in Pascagoula, Miss. After her maiden voyage to homeport San Diego, he was handpicked to be the Crash and Salvage Leading Petty Officer (LPO), V-3 division LPO, V-1 LPO, and Air Department LPO. Due to his expertise in a myriad of duties, he was assigned as Command Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor Assistant and Departmental 3M Assistant. He’s currently finishing up a successful tour and is applying for orders to be a Recruit Division Commander at Recruit Training Command.

STGl(SW /IUSS) Richard Cornish
In 2003, Petty Officer Cornish reported aboard his first ship, USS Valley Forge (CG 50), homeported in San Diego. While aboard, Petty Officer Cornish was a part of a Middle Eastern Deployment and a Counter-Drug Operations South Pacific Deployment. During this tour, he attained his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, SONAR Supervisor and Combat Systems Officer of the Watch qualifications. Upon the decommissioning of USS Valley Forge (CG 50), he continued on to the USS Antietam (CG 54) and remained until 2007. He was aboard for two Middle Eastern Deployments and assumed the roles of CA-02 and CA-03 Workcenter Supervisor, Lead SONAR Supervisor and Condition I Combat Systems Officer of the Watch. Following his tour aboard USS Antietam (CG 54), he transferred to Naval Ocean Processing Facility (NOPF) Dam Neck in Virginia Beach, Va. He qualified as Tactical Coordinator and attained the Integrated Undersea Surveillance designation and served as the Command Training Leading Petty Officer (LPO). Following NOPF, he returned to Fleet Anti-submarine Training Command for the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Journeyman Pipeline from 2010 to 2011. In 2011, Petty Officer Cornish reported aboard USS McCampbell (DDG 85) for duties as CA-Division’s LPO. He has served as the Anti-submarine Evaluator and Lead SONAR Supervisor during CSOFEX 2011, Valiant Shield 2012 and Keen Sword 2013, in addition to three theater anti-submarine warfare missions. He is currently serving as CM-Division LPO, Weapons Department LPO and President of the First Class Petty Officers Association.

HM1(SW/FMF) Eric Hurley
After graduating Field Medical Service School (FMSS), Petty Officer Hurley volunteered for temporary duty with Operation Bull Dog in Quantico, Va., serving as field corpsman for Golf Company, Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS). Upon successful completion of his tour at OCS, he was stationed with 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, serving as 2nd Platoon and Weapons Platoon Corpsman, where he was promoted to petty officer third class, serving as an integral part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. After completing his tour, he reported to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune and was assigned to Caron Clinic at Courthouse Bay. He provided medical support to Marine Corps Engineer School and was promoted to petty officer second class. In 2005, he was selected for Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman (SFIDC) School. While awaiting orders in 2005, he volunteered for and completed a Medical Augmentee tour with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, supporting combat operations in the Anbar Province of Iraq. In 2006, Hurley transferred to the Naval School of Health Sciences and completed SFIDC School, graduating at the top of his class with honors and distinction and advanced to petty officer first class. In 2007, he reported to USS Juneau (LPD 10), completing a hull swap with USS Denver (LPD 9). In Aug. 2010, he transferred to Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One. During his time with COMLCSRON ONE, he has served as Immediate Superior in Command, Medical Readiness Coordinator and volunteered to serve as interim SFIDC for USS Sampson (DDG 102) during Sea Fair 2011. Petty Officer Hurley received his associate’s and bachelor’s degree in health sciences from George Washington University. He is currently completing his master’s in emergency and disaster management at Trident University International.

NC1(SW) Phillip Lopez
Petty Officer Lopez’s first duty station was the USS Anzio (CG 68) in Norfolk, Va. During this assignment, he struck into the Signalman rating and was promoted to third class petty officer in 1999. In 2000, he earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification followed by promotion to second class petty officer. In 2001, Petty Officer Lopez reported to the USS Chosin (CG 65) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he served as Navigation Department Leading Petty Officer for three years. In 2004, he was selected for conversion into the Navy Counselor rating following the disestablishment of the Signalman rating. He was promoted to first class petty officer in 2004. He served his first shore tour at Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego, where he reported in 2004. Upon arrival Petty Officer Lopez assumed duties as Divisional Leading Petty Officer. He was selected as Senior Sailor Of the Quarter for 4th quarter 2007. In 2008, he reported to Pre-commissioning Detachment Wayne E. Meyer in San Diego. Upon arrival, he assumed duties as PRECOM Detachment Leading Petty Officer. He was selected as Senior Sailor of the Quarter for 2nd quarter 2009. During his four years aboard, Lopez has filled the role as Navigation and Administration Department Leading Petty Officer. He was selected as Senior Sailor of the Year for 2012.

SH1(SW) Devon Luter
Petty Officer Luter’s first duty station was aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), where he deployed to the Mediterranean, qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and was promoted to petty officer second class with the Command Advancement Program for his superior performance. He transferred to the USS Monterey (CG 61) and was appointed as the S-3 Assistant Leading Petty Officer. He reported to Navy Recruiting Command in Millington, Tenn. and served as the N3 Waivers Clerk Leading Petty Officer. He obtained the prestigious “Best of Class” award while serving as the S-3/Supply Department Leading Petty Officer aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 70). While assigned as X-Division Leading Petty Officer at Naval Shipyard Pearl Harbor, he spent over 1,000 hours training and preparing ships for their upcoming Supply Management Certification (SMC). Currently, he is stationed aboard USS Hopper (DDG 70) as S-3/Supply Department Leading Petty Officer.

HM1 (SW/FMF) Augustine Osazuwa
Petty Officer Osazuwa’s first duty station was Naval Medical Center Balboa in San Diego. During this tour he was advanced to petty officer third class and served as Leading Petty Officer (LPO) for the Corpsman Internship Program. As LPO, he was responsible for training 150 corpsman assigned to the medical and surgery department. In 2007, he attended Field Medical Service School (FMSS), earning Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 8404 and reported for duty at Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton with the Battalion Aid Station for 9th Communications, 1st Radio Battalion and 1st Intelligence Battalion. During this tour, he attended to the daily care of more than 2,000 Marines and was primarily responsible to over 500 Marines attached to 1st Intelligence Battalion. Osazuwa was promoted to petty officer second class and earned his Fleet Marine Force (FMF) designation. Additionally, he forward deployed to Iraq in 2008 with 1st Intelligence Battalion and volunteered to serve as medical provider for more than 20 convoy operations in preparation for closing down Camp Fallujah. Upon completion of his Fleet Marine Force tour in Dec. 2010, he reported to Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) School San Diego, where he was awarded NEC 8425, earning the distinction of Outstanding Student and was promoted to petty officer first class. In Jan. 2011, he reported to Mine Countermeasure Ship Crew Conflict where he currently serves as Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman (SFIDC) and Senior Medical Department Representative (SMDR). In his capacity as the SFIDC/SMDR, he is the primary care provider for 85 Sailors, manages 10 ship-wide programs, and serves as the President of the First Class Petty Officer Association.

CM1(SCW/EXW) Daniel Perez
In 1995, Petty Officer Perez transferred to his first command, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FIVE in Port Hueneme, Calif. During this tour, he completed four deployments to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Virginia and Japan. Additionally, he was promoted to the ranks of third class petty officer and second class petty officer. In 1999, he transferred to Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group Three at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif. He was promoted to first class petty officer and completed two deployments to the Central Command Area of Operation in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, ultimately spearheading the battle field introduction of the Naval Special Warfare Tactical Ground Mobility Vehicles into the war on terrorism and special operations in Iraq. In 2005, he transferred back to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five in Port Hueneme, Calif. During this tour, he earned his Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist qualification, was Platoon Commander for Alfa Company and Second Platoon, and deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In 2007, he transferred to Inshore Boat Unit Five Three (IBU 53) in Naval Outlying Landing Field, Imperial Beach, Calif. In 2008, IBU 53 was disestablished and turned into Mobile Security Squadron One, where he earned his Expeditionary Warfare Specialist qualification. In 2010, he reported to Beachmaster Unit One, Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, Calif. where he performs duties as the Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor, Command Career Counselor, and Safety Officer.

IT1(SW/AW) Lashandrea Young
Petty Officer Young’s first tour was aboard USS Nicholson (DD 982). While onboard, she completed a Mediterranean deployment. She was assigned to the Operations Division (ODOl), where she struck yeoman and was frocked to third class petty officer. She transferred to Commander, Training Air Wing One, Meridian, Miss. in 2000. While there, she decided to cross rate to Cryptologic Technician Communications (CTO). During CTO “A” school in Pensacola Fla., she was advanced to second class petty officer. She graduated from CTO “A” school, Jun. 2002 and reported to National Security Agency/ Central Security Service Ft. Meade, Md. Her next assignment was at Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii, where she held positions as the Communications Watch Officer, Assistant Communications watch Officer, Qualifications Team Manager and Division Administrator. During this tour, the CTO rating merged with the Information Systems Technician (IT) rating. She was selected as NSA/CSS Hawaii Performer of the Year 2007 (Enabler) and NIOC Hawaii Junior Sailor of the Quarter. In Jun., 2008, she was frocked to first class petty officer and transferred to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). While stationed aboard Truman, she completed a fifth and sixth fleet deployment and two Docked Planned Incremental Availability periods. She held positions as Automatic Data Processing Repair Leading Petty Officer (LPO), Assistant LPO, Command Assistant Section Leader and Command Assistant Mentor Coordinator. She qualified Surface Warfare Specialist, Aviation Warfare Specialist and Combat Systems Officer of the Watch. Young is currently assigned to Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific where she serves as Communications Team Lead, Command Training Officer, and First Class Petty Officer Association Treasurer. She has also qualified as an Afloat Training Specialist.

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