By Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO – The guided-missile destroyer, USS Sampson (DDG 102), is scheduled to depart for a scheduled six-month, independent deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility, Feb. 24.
“Sampson’s crew has worked extremely hard in preparation for this deployment. We are trained and prepared to execute any mission assigned,” said Cmdr. Chris Alexander, commanding officer of Sampson. “We will, of course, miss San Diego, our friends and our families. We leave them behind knowing that what we do is vital to the security of the nation and our way of life.”
Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the west coast of North America to the International Date Line and provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.
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SAN DIEGO (Feb. 2, 2012) – Commander, U.S. Third Fleet (C3F) Vice Adm. Gerald R. Beaman announced the Third Fleet’s sea and shore Sailor’s of the Year (SOY) during an award ceremony at the C3F Courtyard ending SOY week.
Beaman named Information Systems Technician 1st Class (IDW/SW/AW) Ebony Torres, of Commander U.S. Third Fleet the shore SOY, and Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW/AW) Shantae L. Clark, of Commander, Carrier Strike Group One the sea SOY.
“All Sailors of the Year represent the very best of their commands throughout the year,” Beaman said. “They have been selected for their consistently superior on-the-job performance and scrupulous adherence to the Navy Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.”
“I’m really surprised and honored to be representing Third Fleet as Sailor of the Year,” said Torres. “It feels good to see my hard work is paying off.”
A Brooklyn, N.Y. native, Torres is C3F’s N6 Departmental Leading Petty Officer and one of the command’s information dominance warfare subject matter experts.
“I feel like I’ve set a good example for the Sailors that look up to me in my command,” said Torres.
U.S. Third Fleet Command Master Chief JoAnn Ortloff accepted for Clark who is currently deployed on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Western and Central Pacific areas of responsibility.
“They don’t earn the selection just based on their own deeds; they earn it based on the team’s success as well,” said Ortloff. “Each one of them, their commands, their shipmates, and families have much to be proud of.”
Throughout the week, nominees and their families received a tour of the USS Midway Museum and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. There were several social events during the week, culminating in a boat tour and breakfast at the Veteran’s Village Thursday morning.
Torres and Clark will move on to compete at the U.S. Pacific Fleet level. The Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year will be meritoriously advanced to chief petty officer in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. this summer. The Pacific Fleet Shore Sailor of the Year will compete at the Chief of Naval Operations level in Washington, D.C. The winner of that competition will be meritoriously advanced to chief petty officer as well.
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.
All Sailors and families in U.S. Third Fleet have the chance to reach their potential professionally and personally.