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Sailors of the year advanced to chief.

The 2008 Sailors of the Year (SOY) were advanced to chief petty officers during a ceremony hosted by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr., at the Navy Memorial July 17, 2008.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Shore SOY, Intelligence Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Heather Strow; Fleet Forces Command Sea SOY, Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class (ESW) Tyrone Logan; Pacific Fleet Sea SOY and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) 1st Class (AW/SW) Justin Melton each received the Navy Commendation Medal prior to receiving their chief's anchors. The Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year, Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW) Kathleen A. Reilly, could not attend and will advance at a later date.

Prior to the pinning, Campa explained that narrowing down a field of Sailors from across the Navy was difficult. But he added that, in the end, each of the four chosen displayed specific attributes that led to their selections.

"In a maritime service that breeds leaders and patriots these Sailors have stood out because they best represent the qualities we value most in our people: first line leadership, rating expertise and, above all, a true desire to positively affect our Navy and our Sailors."

Chief of Navy Reserve, Vice Adm. John Cotton, presented each Sailor Navy Commendation medals then offered remarks regarding their meritorious advancement to chief, their new roles in the Navy and he referred to the upcoming, six-week induction in which they will participate.

Shortly after Cotton's remarks Strow, Logan and Melton stepped forward to receive their anchors and have their combination covers placed on their heads.

"As chiefs you will provide a traditional brand of leadership that our Navy has come to rely on, a brand of leadership that is grounded in 115 years of rich heritage," said Campa.

"Never again will individual accomplishments define your effectiveness. From this day forward, the number one indicator of your success will be the success of the Sailors who look to you for leadership."

The Sailor of the Year program was initiated by then-CNO Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and MCPON Jack Whittet in 1972 to recognize outstanding Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Sailors. The next year, the program honored the top Shore Sailor of the Year.

Houlihan is assigned to the office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Washington, D.C.

[EOD.sub.1] (ESW) Tyrone Logan

2008 Fleet Forces Command Sea Sailor of the Year

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

DOB: 1976

Years in Navy: 11 (Three with the U.S. Marine Corps and eight with the U.S. Navy)

Schools: University of Cincinnati; Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Bachelor of Science in Biology; Explosive Ordnance Disposal training

Duty Stations: 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Marine Corp Recruiting, Columbus, Ohio; EODMU 4, mobile detachments; EODMU 4 SOQ; EODMU 2, LPO for Det. 6; Iraq Deployment; LPO of CIF Det. 32

Off Hours: Mentoring Sailors


[Is.sub.1](SW/AW) Heather Strow

2008 CNO Shore Sailor of the Year

Hometown: Lancaster, Calif.

DOB: 1974

Years in Navy: 10

Schools: Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.; Naval Technical Training Center Corry Station Pensacola, Fla.; Cryptologic Technician Maintenance "A" School; Fleet Cryptologic System Maintenance School; and Combat Direction Finding (DF) Maintenance "C" Schools; Navy & Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center

Duty Stations: USS Boxer (LHD 4)(including Operations Iraqi Freedom and Southern Watch); USS McCampbell (DDG 85); Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet serving as N2 Leading Petty Officer; Individual Augmentation at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Off Hours: Completed an Associate Arts Degree in General Studies from Columbia College.


[AT.sub.1] (AW/NAC) Kathleen A. Reilly

2008 Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year

Hometown: Boston

DOB: 1974

Years in Navy: 20 (13 Active, seven Reserve)

Schools: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University majoring in Liberal Arts; Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Fla.; AV "A" School; Advance First-Term Avionics; Aircrew Candidate School; Survival, Escape, Resistance, and Evasion School; AX "C" School; and ES-3A FRAMP; Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management

Duty Stations: Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2 in Rota, Spain; VQ-5 in San Diego; VPU-2 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; VP-64, NAS JRB Willow Grove, Pa.; VR-53, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

Off Hours: Staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.


[ABF.sub.1] (AW/SW) Justin H. Melton

2008 Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year

Hometown: Newport News, Va.

DOB: 1978

Years in Navy: 11

Schools: Basic Training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.; Airman Apprenticeship Training, Pensacola, Fla.

Duty Stations: USS Tarawa (LHA 1), San Diego; Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC), Charleston, S.C.; Currently V-4 Division Leading Petty Officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

Off Hours: Board of Directors of the Aviation Boatswain's Mates' Association - San Diego Chapter, and volunteers with the Meals-on-Wheels program.


Story by MCCS(SW/AW) Bill Houlihan, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Office, Washington, D.C.
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