VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, UNITED STATES
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) announced its 2013 Sea, Shore and Reserve Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a luncheon Feb. 12.
Master Chief Jeffrey Covington, NECC force master chief, announced Navy Diver 1st Class (DSW/EXW/SW) Christopher L. Lansford, of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2, as COMNECC Sea SOY; Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class (SCW/DV) James V. McVicar, of Naval Underwater Construction Team 2, as COMNECC Pacific Sea SOY; Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class (SCW/EXW) Paul C. Trotman IV, of Naval Underwater Construction Team 1, as COMNECC Shore SOY; Builder 1st Class (SCW/FMF) Deanna A. Dimeo, of Naval Construction Group 1, as COMNECC Pacific Shore SOY; Construction Mechanic 1st Class (EXW/ SCW) Sal Talgi, of Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 14, as Reserve SOY.
“It’s the biggest thing I’ve done in my career, and the most stressful,” said Trotman. “My family, leadership, and my chain of command has been very supportive, which has been awesome.”
Earlier in the week, each of the 11 candidates attended an interview board with 11 master chief petty officers who asked scenario-based leadership questions and judged them on their professionalism, military bearing, performance evaluations and SOY package.
“The Sailor of the Year candidate is typically exemplified by superior performance, proven leadership, a dedication to self-improvement, outstanding professionalism, and excellent personal appearance,” said Covington. “Each of these sailors represents that and should be proud of their accomplishments. They are winners in all respects and we sincerely appreciate the services they perform for our country.”
NECC Commander Rear Adm. Frank A. Morneau spoke to the first class petty officers not only about their nominations as Sailor of the Year, but also their roles as future chief petty officers.
“Sept. 16 is the day that one service in the history of the world recognizes all of its leaders that are going to go to the next level,” said Morneau. “My challenge to you, now that you have achieved great things as Sailor of the Year, is for you to go lead men and women in this force and become chief petty officers. Those anchors are close, they are real close.”
All of the NECC SOY winners will go on to compete at the next SOY level on their respective coasts.
“My goal is to be as prepared as I can be and represent my community well,” said Dimeo. “No matter what happens, it is the experience and going back to share it with my sailors.”
The Navy’s SOY program was established in 1972 and recognizes one sailor from each command who demonstrates sustained superior performance, proven leadership, outstanding professionalism and dedication to self-improvement.
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