Mobile Bay Sailor Receives Prestigious Leadership Award
Yeoman 1st Class Petty Officer Shanika Jones assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) has been named the Navy’s junior enlisted winner of the prestigious Master Chief Anna Der-Vartanian Leadership Award.
Master Chief Yeoman Anna Der-Vartanian Leadership Awards are presented annually to one senior and one junior enlisted female service member. The award honors the visionary leadership of Navy service members whose ideals and dedication foster a positive working environment while reinforcing and furthering the integration of women into the Navy.
More than 150 nominees were graded on the criteria of professional accomplishments, character, command climate/equal opportunity, leadership and community involvement. Master Chief Der-Vartanian, the trailblazer for whom the award is named, was the first female in the armed services to achieve the rank of master chief petty officer in 1959.
Mobile Bay’s senior leadership describes Jones as a consummate professional, model Sailor, and a highly-valued member of the community and command.
When it comes to leading and managing junior Sailors, Jones said she has an aggressive approach, but makes it her business to help them develop an individual plan for both short- and long-term success.
According to Mobile Bay’s Command Master Chief Ernest Belmares, Jones was nominated for the award based on her superior leadership during the past year—not only in her rate—but also in a variety of other positions including damage control training, duty section management and serving as the ship’s mess decks master-at-arms.