SURFPAC Welcomes 2014 Sailor of the Year Finalists

2014 Sailor of the Year Finalists
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.

YN1 BRANDY BROSSARDYeoman 1st Class Petty Officer Brandy Brossard reported to her first duty station in 2002 at Naval Base Point Loma. While there, she volunteered for Individual Augmentee duty in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as part of the Joint Detainee Operations Battalion. Brossard’s sea duty assignments include Fighter Squadron VFA-195 in Atsugi, Japan where she completed several Rim of the Pacific exercises aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS George Washington (CVN 73). She was later stationed at Naval Station Everett in the security department. Brossard is currently serving in the admin department at Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. She earned her Associate’s Degree in general studies from Central Texas College, and her Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia College.


ABH1 DAVID DYSARTAviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Petty Officer David Dysart attended the Airman Apprenticeship Training Core Course in Pensacola, Fla. in 2003. The following year, Dysart reported to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in San Diego, Calif. After six years, he transferred to Instructor Duty at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Three at Naval Station North Island. Dysart then transferred to his current command, USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in San Diego, Calif.


MN1 ALNESUGI RIVERA FEBRESMineman 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.


FC1 ERIC LARSONFire 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.


ABF1 JOSEPH MATHEWSAviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) 1st Class Petty Officer Joseph Mathews graduated from “A” school in 2003 at Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Fla. His first sea duty assignment was aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) in Sasebo, Japan. He attended “C” school in 2007 and then reported to USS Nimitz (CVN 68). In 2010, he checked into Naval Air Station Whidbey Island as Fuels Leading Petty Officer. He is currently stationed onboard USS America (LHA 6) as the Air Department’s Leading Petty Officer.


FC1 CHRISTOPHER PICKARTZFire 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.


IT1 ANGEL ROBINSONInformation Systems Technician 1st Class Petty Officer Angel Robinson attended Seamanship Apprenticeship Training Division School in 2001 in Great Lakes, Ill. Her first duty assignment was aboard USS Fife (DD 991). In 2002, she was selected to attend Information System Technician “A” school. The following year, Robinson reported to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Strategic Communications Unit Detachment in Fairfield, Calif. In 2005, she became the Communications Leading Petty Officer at Tactical Air Control Squadron 12 at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. In 2010, she reported to Navy Cyber Forces Detachment San Diego. She has been stationed aboard USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) since 2012. Robinson earned an Associate’s Degree in general studies.


HM1 PATRICK SATTERFIELDHospital 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).

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