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    Navy Logistics Specialist Named MSC Far East’s Senior Sailor of the Year

    Navy Logistics Specialist Named MSC Far East’s Senior Sailor of the Year

    Photo By Leslie Hull-Ryde | Military Sealift Command Far East recently named Petty Officer First Class Ryan...... read more read more



    Story by Leslie Hull-Ryde 

    Military Sealift Command Far East

    One Navy logistics specialist currently in Guam has a lot to celebrate this season.

    First, Military Sealift Command Far East recently named Petty Officer First Class Ryan Julius, currently attached to MSC Ship Support Unit Guam, as its Senior Sailor of the Year.

    “His efforts directly supported [7th Fleet’s] operational readiness to meet great power competition,” said Cmdr. Gillian Medina, commanding officer of SSU Guam, who nominated Julius for the honor.

    “His ability to successfully navigate the different organizational lines that exist within both MSC and Joint Region Marianas has had significant impact on our ability to execute in support of our units.”

    Julius has been assigned to SSU Guam as the assistant operations officer for just more than a year. There, he helps ensure Military Sealift Command Far East ships get the operational and logistical support they need to deliver essential goods and services to U.S. Navy and international partners’ ships.

    “MSC SSU Guam directly supports the warfighter by maintaining readiness of all of our support ships,” said Julius.

    “Our mission-critical fuel, supplies, and mail all support our Sailors and troops down range and those at sea.”

    It’s a tough, important job, which has been a bit trickier of late, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

    “Working in operations has had its fair share of challenges, especially with the added dynamics of COVID-19,” Julius said.

    Despite the obstacles, Medina credits him with moving cargo, conducting operations, transporting personnel, and ensuring critical vessel repairs were completed in a “fluid and complex COVID-19 environment.”

    Julius says the operational tempo of his demanding job gives him satisfaction.

    “I enjoy the networking and coordination required in providing support and seeing the end result or the support provided to fellow Sailors, CIVMARS, and fellow service members.”

    Being recognized as MSC FE’s Senior Sailor of the Year for adroitly tackling logistical obstacles in the Indo-Pacific Region, isn’t the only reason Julius is celebrating this season. The Houston native recently completed the last class required for his MBA program at Excelsior College. The degree conferral will take place virtually mid-January.

    “I joined the Navy in March of 2007 with the hopes of exploring the world, serving my country, and attaining an education,” said Julius who comes from a family of service in the Department of the Navy as his two brothers served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

    In the last 13 years, he’s been able to accomplish many of his personal and professional goals. His first duty station was with VFA-14 in Lemoore, Calif. With the fighter squadron, he deployed aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Julius has been stationed overseas for nine years, serving in Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and now Guam, where he and his wife just bought their first home and hope to start their family.

    “Joining the Navy has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only have I grown professionally and personally, but I have made lifelong friendships and experiences that will stick with me forever,” Julius said.

    “I honestly feel like the Navy has given me the drive and initiative to push myself to become better every day.”



    Date Taken: 02.17.2021
    Date Posted: 02.23.2021 03:21
    Story ID: 389149

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