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FISCs name Sailors of the Year.

PEARL HARBOR--"I had no special reasons for joining the Navy ... but I have many for staying in," said SK1 (SW) Geraldo Taal, who was recognized recently as FISC Pearl Harbor's 2003 Sailor of the Year.

As the Leading Petty Officer in FISC's Shipyard Supply Department, SK1 Taal has a vital role in ensuring the material and combat readiness of Pearl Harbor's 29 homeported ships and submarines. He has served with the Supply Center for more than two years but will be reassigned this summer to the frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57), homeported at Pearl Harbor Naval Station.

SK1 Taal was born and raised in Manila and immigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee, when he was 20. He has done sea tours aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) and USS Supply (AOE 6).

SAN DIEGO (By Ellen Fuller, FISC San Diego)--Storekeeper 1st Class (SW) Joss Zolina has been selected by RDML William Kowba, Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers, as FISC San Diego's 2003 Sailor of the Year.

SK1 Zolina is the fleet liaison leading petty officer for the Logistics Support Center. As the head of the fleet liaison team, he and his eight personnel conducted briefs with Navy Region Southwest (NRSW) for visiting ships in San Diego, which included U.S. Navy Ships from other homeports as well as visiting foreign vessels from Peru, Mexico, Canada, France, and Japan. He ensured their logistics requirements were met with zero accountability discrepancies.

Zolina provided unparalleled liaison support between the regional support office, COMNAVSURFPAC, Military Sealift Command, submarine logistics and the Defense Logistics Agency. He also planned and organized a very successful 5th Annual FISC Supply Expo, subsequently acclaimed as the most successful supply exposition to date.

LCDR Carl Taylor, Logistics Support Officer, describes Petty Officer Zolina as "a Sailor who consistently exceeds performance levels beyond the highest expectations of his superiors. He is the epitome of the self-starter and highly effective leader who will carry the U.S. Navy into the future."

BREMERTON, Wash.--Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Fox was named Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Puget Sound's Sailor of the Year.

SK1 (SW) Fox, Leading Petty Officer at FISC Puget Sound Det. Everett, has been consistently recognized by his superiors and fellow Sailors as an outstanding leader and team player. In the Navy less than six years, Fox has already distinguished himself by his extensive rating knowledge and numerous accomplishments.

Fox arrived at FISC two years ago, still an SK2, he soon made Petty Officer 1st Class and became the Leading Petty Officer.

One of Fox's achievements while at FISC has been his program for training junior personnel in their rate. "I looked at what made each person tick and examined his or her strengths and weaknesses," said Fox, "then tailored the training program for each person so that it [would] better prepare them for the [advancement] test." His work has paid off, as three of four of his department's Sailors advanced on the recent test cycle, and all of them scored around the 90th percentile.

Fox previously served on USS Elliot (DD 967) in San Diego.

Fox commends his FISC coworkers for helping him. "Without them I wouldn't have been able to accomplish what I've done."
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Title Annotation:Around NAVSUP; Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Naval Supply Systems Command
Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2004
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