CPR-6 Awards Sailor and Bluejacket of the Quarter

Story Number: NNS080421-10Release Date: 4/21/2008 4:16:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Coleman Thompson, Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group Public Affairs

SOUDA BAY, Crete (NNS) -- Two Sailors from Commander, Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 6 were given honors as Sailor and Bluejacket of the Quarter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4), April 12.

Intelligence Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Kristopher A. Meaney received Sailor of the Quarter, and Operations Specialist Seaman Apprentice Christina Garza received Bluejacket of the Quarter.

The awards are given each quarter to those Sailors who stand out from the rest for their professional accomplishments, commitment to their job, and military bearing. The Sailors were presented their awards by Capt. Robert G. Lineberry, commanding officer, CPR-6 and commander, Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group, while Nassau was visiting Souda Bay for the Phoenix Express 2008 (PE 08) exercise.

"It felt good, it was a big honor," said Meaney. "I couldn't have done it without the help of my chain of command as well as the junior Sailors that I have working for me every day."

Meaney also said it was determination and motivation, as well as volunteering both in the work place and in his community that helped him win the award.

Garza, who has been with CPR-6 for only two months, said, "I was absolutely speechless when the commodore gave the award," she said.

"She deserved the award because she's an outstanding Sailor," said Operational Specialist 1st Class (SW) Velvet L. Parker, Garza's supervisor. "It felt really good nominating her for it. She deserves the recognition, other people outside of our division need to know that she's an outstanding Sailor."

For more news from the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group, visit www.navy.mil/local/esg8/.

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