Story Number: NNS140327-29Release Date: 3/27/2014 11:58:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Phil Beaufort, U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) announced the 2013 USFF Fleet Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a ceremony hosted by the Hampton Roads Navy League at the Half Moon Cruise and Celebration Center downtown Norfolk, Va., March 27.
Adm. Bill Gortney announced Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Mahtob M. Johnson, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) as the 2013 Sea Sailor of the Year and Cryptologic Technician (Collections) 1st Class Patricia H. Madigan, Navy Information Operations Command, Hawaii as the Shore Sailor of the Year.
Force Master Chief Chuck Clark said he was thrilled with this year's candidates.
"Any one of them could have been the selection. It was extremely hard selecting both the Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year this year, because there was a razor thin difference between the selects and the non-selects," said Clarke. "I go back to work with a renewed sense of faith that the Navy is in good hands because of the caliber of Sailors that we have.
Madigan thanked Gortney and expressed her surprise on her selection. "These shipmates standing behind me are an amazing group of people, and I am so blessed to meet them," said Madigan. "Thank you Adm. Gortney for everything you've done for us this week. It's truly remarkable. I think this will be a life-changing event."
"I am so honored and humbled and obviously taken aback by this," said Johnson, a native of Washington, D.C. "I'm only here because of my family, my husband, my daughter and all the Sailors I so proudly serve with. I would not be here if it were not for each and every one of them."
The USFF SOY program recognizes the best and brightest Sailors throughout the fleet.
Johnson will be meritoriously promoted to the rank of chief petty officer by the chief of naval operations this May. Madigan will go on to the next round of competition at the Chief of Naval Operations Shore SOY competition in May in Washington, D.C.
Finalists for Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year:
Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Nickolas A. Pazar
CYBERFOR, Navy Information Operations Command, Whidbey Island
Navy Diver 1st Class Christopher L. Lansford
NECC, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit 2
Electronics Technician 1st Class Christopher K. Lindvold
NAVEUR/AFRICA, USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20)
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Rosalinda Finnerty
USFF, Fleet Marine Force
Electrician's Mate 1st Class James R. Gagnon
SUBLANT, USS MONTPELIER (SSN 765)
Naval Air Crewman (Operator) 1st Class Raul Gomez
AIRLANT, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11
Finalists for Fleet Shore Sailor of the Year:
Equipment Operator 1st Class Paul C. Trotman IV
NECC, Underwater Construction Team ONE
Aerographer's Mate 1st Class Stella G. Swartz
USFF, Fleet Weather Center, San Diego
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Joseph Stockton
SUBLANT, Trident Refit Facility, Kings Bay
Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Richard K. Fenters
AIRLANT, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1
Personnel Specialist 1st Class Chukwulozia P. Okobi