By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Phillip Pavlovich
SAN DIEGO (January 31, 2012) – Commander, U.S. Third Fleet (C3F) is hosting the Sailor of the Year (SOY) 2012 Week for nine deserving Sailors. Two Sailors will be selected; one representing sea commands, and one representing shore commands. The winners will be announced at the C3F Courtyard Thursday, Feb. 2.
“They don’t earn the selection just based on their own deeds; they earn it based on the team’s success as well,” said U.S. Third Fleet Command Master Chief JoAnn Ortloff. “Each one of them, their commands, their shipmates, and families have much to be proud of.”
The nominated Sailors of the year are;
• Yeoman 1st Class (AW) Cindy Sepulveda, of Commander, Naval Mine and Anti-submarine Warfare Command
• Information Systems Technician 1st Class (IDW/SW/AW) Ebony Torrez, of Commander U.S. Third Fleet
• Electronics Technician 1st Class (SW/AW) Roger Gilmore of Strike Force Training Pacific
• Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW/AW) Shantae L, Clark, of Commander, Carrier Strike Group One
• Legalman 1st Class (SW/AW) Erin E. Crusan, of Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three
• Operations Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Richard Buhrenburg, of Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven
• Engineman 1st Class (SW/AW) Nanette Smith, of Commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine
• Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Ronald Rivera, of Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eleven
• Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) William Reed, of Commander, Strike Force Training Pacific
“Feels awesome,” Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Ronald Rivera said. “I’m really enjoying this experience.”
“I’m really proud of him, it’s a huge accomplishment for my husband to be selected for Sailor of the Year for his command,” said Valeria Rivera.
Once selected, the C3F Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year will compete at the U.S. Pacific Fleet level.
The Chief of Naval Operations established the SOY Program in 1972 to recognize the outstanding Sailors of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet. The program is designed to recognize the best all-around Sailors from the ranks of E-4 through E-6.
Third Fleet leads naval forces in the eastern Pacific from the west coast of North America to the International Date Line and is responsible for providing realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.
By Third Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO — U.S. Third Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Gerald Beaman discussed the importance of providing Sailors and Marines realistic, relevant training during a panel discussion Jan. 24, at “West 2012,” a conference and exposition co-sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute and the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association.
“It’s our job to train [Sailors and Marines] and make sure that they excel in effectiveness when they go forward, especially in a time of high global demand,” Beaman said. “We train to a full range of missions, from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, to maritime security operations, to amphibious assault and disaggregated operations. Flexibility requires strength in all of those missions.”
The topic of the panel was how the Navy and Marine Corps would face future challenges, and other panel members included Vice Adm. Terence Blake, the deputy chief of naval operations for the integration of capabilities and resources, as well as Maj. Gen. Melvin Spiese, the deputy commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force and Brig. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue, Director, USMC Capabilities Development Directorate.
According to Beaman, the future of the Navy Marine Corps team is bright.
“We are going forward as a team. Our flexibility, our agility and our ability to adapt and be the first ones on call require that,” Beaman said. “There will certainly be challenges, no doubt, but we’ll meet those challenges together as a team, and our flexibility and agility will help us to overcome those challenges.”
In response to questions from the audience, Beaman discussed the importance of training to mission areas such as mine warfare, as well as the need to develop applications of new technologies for the fleet through venues for experimentation such as the Navy’s annual Trident Warrior events.
Beaman also discussed the training required for Amphibious Ready Groups and Marine Expeditionary Units to improve naval amphibious core competencies.
“We are in the process of [establishing] two exercises, ‘Dawn Blitz’ on the west coast and ‘Bold Alligator’ [on the east coast],” Beaman said. “They might appear to be traditional amphibious assault. They are certainly modernized versions of that.”
The Western Conference and Exposition (West 2012) runs from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26 at the San Diego Convention Center. It is the largest event on the West Coast for communications, electronics, intelligence, information systems, imaging, military weapon systems, aviation, shipbuilding, and other topics, and is attended by military, government, industry and academic professionals.