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    Naval Hospital Bremerton Names Sailor of the Year

    NHB Names Sailor of the Year

    Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Meagan Christoph | 191115-N-XT693-034 NAVAL HOSPITAL BREMERTON, Wash. (Nov. 15, 2019) Hospital Corpsman...... read more read more



    Story by Seaman Meagan Christoph 

    Naval Hospital Bremerton

    As the 19th Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, created the Sailor of the Year program in 1972 to recognize outstanding Sailors at sea.
    The following year, the Shore Sailor of the Year program was introduced with Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) honoring the tradition by recognizing Sailors of multiple paygrades as the military treatment facility’s top performers.
    After the hospital’s leadership interviewed many nominees for Senior Sailor of the Year (SSOY), Sailor of the Year (SOY), Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY), and Blue Jacket of the Year (BJOY), Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Anthony Martinez came out on top this year as the SOY.

    Martinez, a Brentwood, Calif., native, enlisted in the Navy in February 2015 shortly after graduating from Liberty High School in Brentwood.

    “I love medicine and the fact that there is always something to learn,” said Martinez.

    Since joining, Martinez has had the opportunity to develop his skills in multiple roles at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va. and NHB Bremerton. He has held the positions of general duty corpsman working with the specialty care dermatology clinic, floor corpsman before becoming leading petty officer for NHB’s Multi-Service Unit (MSU).

    Martinez says that his role as the leading petty officer for the MSU tests and develops his skills as a leader.

    “The leading petty officer for MSU challenges my leadership skills,” said Martinez. “It allows for having an effect on new Sailors coming in, and provides the opportunity to set them up for success from the start and improve their lives in as many ways as possible.”

    Proud and grateful for being selected as the SOY, Martinez says he didn’t make it there on his own.

    “It means a lot to reflect and think of all the people who helped me along the way,” said Martinez. “I would like to thank the people I work with most, because without them I wouldn’t have been selected.”

    When asked what has been the best part of his career in Navy Medicine, Martinez explained that it is “treating past and present military members and really watching them regain their health.”
    Martinez said his position contributes to the Navy surgeon general’s priority on operational readiness.

    “We have a huge impact here at MSU,” said Martinez. “We assist with surgeries and getting our military members and families back to full health and operation ready.”

    Capt. Shannon Johnson, commanding officer of NHB, wrote about Martinez’s abilities as a leader and how they influence the mission.

    “His boundless adherence and decisive integrity to the task is validated by his department’s success and sailors’ professional development,” said Johnson. “A proactive leader who continues to demonstrate inexhaustible work ethic, earning respect from peers and seniors alike.”

    When asked about his best experience with Navy Medicine, Martinez replied, “the best care; anytime and anywhere.”

    NHB’s SSOY is Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Chad Galvin, the JSOY is Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Daniel Gonzalez, and BJOY is Hospitalman Genesis Cuetosusana.

    NHB supports more than 60,000 military families in West Puget Sound, shaping military medicine through training, mentoring and research to ensure a ready medical force and operationally ready force.



    Date Taken: 11.15.2019
    Date Posted: 11.16.2019 22:31
    Story ID: 352053
    Location: BREMERTON , WA, US 

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