Rucinski, Walters became SUBLANT Junior Sailor of the Year; Scott and Zirk apply to be top sailors
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The 2012 Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Senior and Junior Sailors of the Year were announced on March 6th.
SUBLANTs Senior Sailor of the Year 2012 war Petty Officer 1st Class William E. Cox. Petty Officer 1st Class Jared A. Leary wurde als Senior Land Sailor of the Year ausgezeichnet.
Beide Junior Sailor of the Year-Gewinner sind an Bord der Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base stationiert. Der Sublant Junior Sea Sailor of the Year 2012 ist Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas G. Rucinski. Petty Officer 2nd Class Austin M. Walters ist Sublant Junior Shore Sailor of the Year.
The winners were honored by Vice Admiral Michael Connor, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, during a luncheon at Naval Station Norfolk's Vista Point Center.
"As the Navy's submarine arm, our submarine community is a unique small force that significantly impacts all maritime missions," said Connor. “No successful force is without dedicated sailors fully focused on their role as combatants. Today we stand in the company of these sailors, our Navy and Coastal Sailors of the Year. These young sailors have demonstrated the experience, discipline and initiative to become decisive...and capable leaders of our submarine force for the next decade or more. The U-Boot force is in good hands as it continues to dominate the U-Boot domain."
Rucinski is a qualified submarine engineer assigned to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Alaska (SSBN 732) (Blue), docked in Kings Bay. Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, the 25-year-old graduated from Mansfield Summitt High School in Mansfield, Texas in 2006 and enlisted in the Navy in March 2008. He is also Commander of the Junior Sailor Submarine Group Ten of the Year. .
"This whole experience was incredible," said Rucinski. “I couldn't have done it without the support and work ethic of my teammates. You brought me to where I am today. I've been privileged to be led by some great bosses who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to lead. However, I am so lucky to have my wife with me as it was her support that pushed me forward every step of the way. I'm grateful to be able to share this moment with her."
Walters is also an Enlisted Surface Warfare Electrician assigned to the Trident Refit Facility at Kings Bay. A native of Pensacola, Florida, he graduated from Pensacola Catholic High School in 2000 and joined the Navy in April 2004. Walters is also a CSG10 Junior Shore Sailor of the Year.
"I'm really surprised and a bit shocked to have been selected from this group of excellent sailors," he said. "It's a great achievement and a career boost for me as I can use this as a stepping stone to get to first grade and boss. But I wouldn't be here without the support of my shipmates and my civilian colleagues in my workshop. I have guided them...on the right path by giving 100% of my potential and dedication to the Navy."
The other nominees for Senior Mariner and Senior Land Mariner of the Year were Petty Officer 1st Class Derrick C. Scott and Petty Officer 1st Class Jason B. Zirk, respectively.
Scott is a Qualified Submarine Owner assigned to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) (Gold) in its homeport of Kings Bay. A native of Columbus, Ohio, the 36-year-old sailor graduated from Mifflin High School in 1995 and also joined the Navy in 1995. He is also the CSG10 Senior Sea Sailor of the Year.
Zirk is a qualified Underwater Sonar Technician assigned to the Commander of Submarine Squadron Twenty in Kings Bay. Originally from Blacksburg, Virginia, he first enlisted in the US Marine Corps in June 1997 and completed a tour of Iraq before enlisting in the Navy in August 2005. He is the CSG10 Senior Shore Sailor of the Year.
Cox, a nuclear-trained and submarine-qualified engineer assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765), based in Norfolk, Virginia. A native of Denton, Texas, he graduated from Ryan High School in May 2001 and enlisted in the Navy in September 2001.
"It's an honor to be selected," said Cox. "But the credit isn't just for me, it's also for my chain of command and my colleagues as they were responsible for getting me here. I never expected to receive this kind of recognition but the selection shows that hard work is being put in. hard work and maintaining high standards can yield great results. I appreciate the guidance and guidance my chain of command has invested in me, as well as the hard work of all my colleagues. I hope this career milestone will help me in my quest for promotion to Corporal."
Leary is a nuclear trained and qualified submarine engineer assigned to the Regional Nuclear Maintenance Department in New London, Connecticut. Born in New Orleans, the 27-year-old sailor graduated from Kenwood High School in Clarksville, Tennessee in 2003. , and joined the Navy on April 27, 2004. He is the CSG2 Senior Shore Sailor of the Year.
"This selection is the culmination of a significant amount of hard work by myself, my friends and family to ensure I maintain excellence and the highest level of professionalism," said Leary. “This recognition would not have been possible without the experience and technical knowledge of my colleagues and without the confidence, pride and honor my leadership inspires. It is therefore not an individual award, but a recognition of a team of experts. professional sailors and leaders who have enabled me to be successful in my career. The selection process was incredibly humbling as you find yourself surrounded by the best and brightest in your field.
As Sailors and Sailors of the Year, Cox and Leary will represent SUBLANT in the Commander, US Fleet Forces Command Sailor of the Year competition.
The USFFC competition is held in late March with other Atlantic Fleet command winners.
The winner of this Atlantic Fleet sea competition will be deservedly promoted to corporal, while the Atlantic Fleet shore winner will compete in the Chief of Naval Operations competition in Washington, DC.
Force Master Chief Kirk Saunders, Force Sublant Master Chief, said he was impressed with the military conduct, professionalism and etiquette displayed by this particular group of submarine operators.
"The submarines form an elite small force that makes an even larger contribution to our Navy team's maritime security mission," Saunders said. “The SUBLANT sailors who competed in this year's Sailor of the Year competition embody the warrior spirit of all submarine warriors. It has been an honor to get to know them and their families over the past few days. I am confident that this group of young warriors will provide a base of strength that will enable the U-boat force to continue our dominance in the U-boat domain. They all have a very bright future."
Der andere Junior Mariner of the Year-Kandidat war Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark A. Frank, während Petty Officer 2nd Class Antwan M. Haywood der andere Junior Land Mariner of the Year war.
Frank is a nuclear-trained and submarine-qualified engineer assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761), based in Groton, Connecticut. Born in West Branch, Michigan, the 23-year-old sailor graduated from Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, NC in 2007 and enlisted in the Navy on April 27, 2008. He is the CSG2 Junior Sea Sailor of the Year.
Haywood is a qualified underwater sonar technician assigned to the Commander's Staff of Submarine Group 2 in Groton, Connecticut. The 27-year-old sailor, originally from Stockton, California, graduated from Lincoln High School in June 2005 and enlisted in the Navy in July 2005. He is CSG2 Junior Shore Sailor of the Year.
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