Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League Honors 2014 Top Sailors

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Det. NW

SILVERDALE, Wash. – The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League recognized the fiscal year 2014 Sailors of the Year during a luncheon at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), Bangor Plaza Ballroom Dec. 9.

The luncheon was held to honor Naval Base Kitsap’s 2014 Sailors of the Year.

“I’m excited to be here and receive this award as the Blue Jacket of the Year,” said Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Chelsea Deem, from Marysville, Wash. “It is truly an honor and I couldn’t be here without the support of my family and my command.”

The 2014 Sailor of the Year for Naval Base Kitsap was Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Troy Cloe Jr. from Pana, Ill.

“To become Sailor of the Year, you have to be dedicated,” said Cloe. “Leadership fosters good work ethic and values that lead to Sailor of the Year.”

NBK Command Master Chief David Lynch, from Billings, Mont., introduced the Sailors of the Year.

“I’m very proud to present Kitsap’s Sailors of the year with the Navy League, they are truly the best of the best,” said Lynch. “This is a great generation of Sailors and the future of the Navy is in good hands.”

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jason Stafford, from Houston, was awarded Senior Sailor of the Year.

“If it wasn’t for my Junior Sailors and their accomplishments, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Stafford. “I lead and mentor them for success and I get recognized as Senior Sailor of the Year.”

The Sailor of the Year program was established in 1972 by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet to recognize an individual Sailor who best represented the ever-growing group of dedicated professional Sailors at each command and ultimately the Navy.

 

141202-N-EC099-010 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 09, 2014) Naval Base Kitsap Command Master Chief David Lynch announces the Sailors of the Year, during the fiscal year 2014 Sailor of the Year awards. The Olympic Navy League hosted a luncheon to award the 2014 Sailors of the Year from Naval Base Kitsap. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

141202-N-EC099-010 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 09, 2014) Naval Base Kitsap Command Master Chief David Lynch announces the Sailors of the Year, during the fiscal year 2014 Sailor of the Year awards. The Olympic Navy League hosted a luncheon to award the 2014 Sailors of the Year from Naval Base Kitsap. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

141202-N-EC099-012 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 09, 2014) Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Command Master Chief David Lynch, NBK Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Zwolfer and Olympic Navy League President Larry Salter present Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Chelsea Deem, from Marysville, Wash., with the Blue Jacket of the Year Award. The Olympic Navy League hosted a luncheon to award the 2014 Sailors of the Year from Naval Base Kitsap. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

141202-N-EC099-012 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 09, 2014) Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Command Master Chief David Lynch, NBK Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Zwolfer and Olympic Navy League President Larry Salter present Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Chelsea Deem, from Marysville, Wash., with the Blue Jacket of the Year Award. The Olympic Navy League hosted a luncheon to award the 2014 Sailors of the Year from Naval Base Kitsap. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

141202-N-EC099-016 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 09, 2014) Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Command Master Chief David Lynch, NBK Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Zwolfer and Olympic Navy League President Larry Salter present Master-at-Arms 3rd Class James Lupo IV, from Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Junior Sailor of the Year Award. The Olympic Navy League hosted a luncheon to award the 2014 Sailors of the Year from Naval Base Kitsap. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

141202-N-EC099-016 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 09, 2014) Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Command Master Chief David Lynch, NBK Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Zwolfer and Olympic Navy League President Larry Salter present Master-at-Arms 3rd Class James Lupo IV, from Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Junior Sailor of the Year Award. The Olympic Navy League hosted a luncheon to award the 2014 Sailors of the Year from Naval Base Kitsap. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

141202-N-EC099-020 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 09, 2014) Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Command Master Chief David Lynch, NBK Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Zwolfer and Olympic Navy League President Larry Salter present Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Troy Cloe Jr., from Pana, Ill, with the Sailor of the Year Award. The Olympic Navy League hosted a luncheon to award the 2014 Sailors of the Year from Naval Base Kitsap. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

141202-N-EC099-020 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 09, 2014) Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Command Master Chief David Lynch, NBK Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Zwolfer and Olympic Navy League President Larry Salter present Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Troy Cloe Jr., from Pana, Ill, with the Sailor of the Year Award. The Olympic Navy League hosted a luncheon to award the 2014 Sailors of the Year from Naval Base Kitsap. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

141202-N-EC099-024 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 09, 2014) Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Command Master Chief David Lynch, NBK Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Zwolfer and Olympic Navy League President Larry Salter present Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jason Stafford, from Houston with the Senior Sailor of the Year Award. The Olympic Navy League hosted a luncheon to award the 2014 Sailors of the Year from Naval Base Kitsap. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

141202-N-EC099-024 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 09, 2014) Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Command Master Chief David Lynch, NBK Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Zwolfer and Olympic Navy League President Larry Salter present Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jason Stafford, from Houston with the Senior Sailor of the Year Award. The Olympic Navy League hosted a luncheon to award the 2014 Sailors of the Year from Naval Base Kitsap. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

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