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 week. The Sailor of the Year program recognizes individuals who best represent each command while upholding the highest traditions of the U.S. Navy. Related 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 the finalists are competing for the title of Sailor of the Year, to be announced Feb. 27.
Mineman 1st Class Petty Officer Alnesugi Febres
reported to Mineman “A” School in Ingleside, Texas in 2006. He arrived at his first duty station at Mobile Mine Assembly Unit Eleven in Charleston, S.C. the following year. His next assignment was Littoral Combat Ship/Mine Countermeasures Detachment One in San Diego, Calif. In 2013, Febres checked in to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One
in San Diego, Calif., where he is currently assigned as the Mission Package Liaison and command fitness leader. Febres earned an Associate’s Degree in math and science from Coastline Community College.
Fire Controlman 1st Class Petty Officer Eric Larson
reported to Fire Controlman “A” School in 2003. After completing MK 86 Advanced Gun Fire Control System “C” School, Larson reported for duty aboard USS Port Royal (CG 73)
in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 2009, Larson was assigned to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center Detachment San Diego
, where he served with the Army 5th Battalion Air Defense Artillery, Joint Intercept Battery in Basrah, Iraq. The following year, Larson was assigned to Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific
as an instructor in Naval Gunfire Support. He has been stationed aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56)
in Yokosuka, Japan since 2013. Larson earned an Associate’s Degree from National University, and is currently enrolled at The Pennsylvania State University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in security and risk analysis.
Fire Controlman 1st Class Petty Officer Christopher Pickartz
completed “A” and “C” schools in 2005, and reported to Pascagoula, Miss. as a member of the commissioning crew for USS Kidd (DDG 100)
. In 2012, Pickartz arrived at his current duty station, Afloat Training Group San Diego
. He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2000 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at National University.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Petty Officer Patrick Satterfield
completed Airman “A” school in Pensacola, Fla. in 2000, and then reported aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
. He later chose to strike to the rating of Hospital Corpsman and attended “A” school in 2004. Later that year, he was attached to the Orthopedic Ward at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
. Two years later, Satterfield selected orders to USS Mason (DDG 87)
. In 2009 he returned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, serving as the Navy Medicine East Planning Operation Medical Intelligence Leading Petty Officer. After certifying as a Basic Emergency Medical Technician, he graduated from Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman School
. Next, Satterfield reported to USS Warrior (MCM 10)
in San Diego, Calif. Satterfield was the first Independent Duty Corpsman to volunteer for the initial permanent crew to be stationed in Manama, Bahrain only six months later. He is currently stationed aboard USS Gladiator (MCM 11)