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Nimitz Sailors of the Year Honored at Seattle Seafair

Sailor of the Quarter (SOQ), 2nd quarter, 2015, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Anthony Black and Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY), 2014, Corpsman 2nd Class Jesus Pacheco assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) were honored guests at the 2015 Annual Sea Service Luncheon at Bell Harbor Convention Center July 31.

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ET2 Anthony Black is honored as Sailor of the Year at Seattle Seafair.

The event hosted by Navy League of the United States, Seattle Council, extended their invitation to all Commanding Officers, Executive Officers, Command Master Chiefs and honorary Sailors from visiting ships in town for Seattle SeaFair.

“The Navy League is made of largely civilian members of the community,” said Capt. John Ring, Commanding Officer of USS Nimitz. “Our Sailors participation in this luncheon exposes the community to superstars in the Navy and helps us tell our story.”

Special guest Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet spoke at the event.

“It’s an honor to be here in Seattle for Fleetweek and take part in the festivities,” said Tyson. “To the Sailors and Coast Guardsmen that are here today, well done. I commend you for being here and being the best of the best.”

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Nimitz Sailors of the Year gather around a dining table with Nimitz chain of command.

To be chosen as JSOQ and JSOY, Black and Pacheco had to prove themselves against more than 3,000 Sailors onboard. Sailors were awarded plaques for their achievements.

“I owe it all to my command and the teamwork we have – everybody motivates everybody from the lowest rank to the highest rank,” said Pacheco. “You’re not always going to be number one at everything, but if you can try your best in every area you can bring more to the team.”

Service members the Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Canadian Navy were also awarded for their achievements at the event.

“Recognizing our best is paramount,” said Command Master Chief Greg Renick, Command Master Chief of USS Nimitz. “We are re-investing in our future leadership by imbuing a sense of pride and recognition in our up and coming leaders the we hope they will adopt throughout their careers.”

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Story and photos by MC3 William Blees

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