USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) honored the Sailor of the Year for 2009 during a ceremony on Truman's aft mess decks July 31.
Members of the Kansas City Navy League selected Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW/SW) Leron Robinson for the prestigious award due to his hard work, leadership skills and exemplification of the Navy core values: honor, courage and commitment.
"It was a true shock when I found out I was Sailor of the Year," said Robinson. "I came here with a chip on my shoulder, but I had some excellent guidance from some great people who put me on the path to success. Once I started following that path, things started going great for me."
Robinson was hand-selected to be the production control chief for Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), where he supervises the maintenance efforts of over 350 technicians.
In addition to his professional achievements, Robinson is also actively involved with local community projects. He led two Norview United Methodist community relations projects, participated in the Fort Story 5k fun for muscular dystrophy, and manned concession stands for the Bayside Elementary School Boosters fundraiser.
Capt. Joe Clarkson, Truman's commanding officer, presented Robinson the Sailor of the Year plaque in front of his fellow crew members.
"I think it gives people motivation to want to be there," said Clarkson. "To recognize our best Sailors in such a big way gives more incentive to people who aspire to reach that level in their careers."
"It's good to show that hard work does pay off," said Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Loran Bather. "When we stop and recognize the hard work of the Sailors, it provides an excellent opportunity for the crew to follow their examples."
Robinson said that the plaque will be a reminder of the support and team effort that went into achieving his success.
"I couldn't have done something like this on my own," he said. "I had great leaders and even greater junior Sailors who helped shape me become the Sailor I am today."
Although Robinson will soon be leaving Truman and heading for Fleet Readiness Command Southeast in Mayport, Fla., he leaves behind a strong legacy with his shipmates and Truman leadership.
"AT1 [Robinson] is an outstanding Sailor and a great representative of the First Class Mess," said Bather. "He has impressed me since the day I met him."
Robinson says the key to success comes from always striving to achieve a higher goal, and sticking to a plan to accomplishing that goal.
"It's easy to get lost in the dark," he said. "If Sailors come up with a plan to better their careers and dedicate themselves to that plan, they will accomplish their goals. Even if it means staying an extra hour after work, everything they do now has an impact later on down the road. When people tell you that you can't do something, find a way to do it, and put your heart into it."
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