USS PHILIPPINE SEA - At sea (NNS) -- USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) selected three Sailors as the Sailor, junior Sailor, and blue jacket of the Quarter, April 2.
Cheers and congratulations went to Culinary Specialist 1st Class Eber Barraza, of El Paso, Texas; Hull Technician 2nd Class John Geneus, of New York; and, Ship's Serviceman Seaman Matthew Muhl, of Waco, Texas, as their names were announced over the ship's intercom system for the awards.
"The Philippine Sea is loaded top to bottom with great Sailors, so this was not an easy decision," said the ship's Command Master Chief Lewis Jackson. "CS1 Barraza, HT2 Geneus and SHSN Muhl have done an incredible job to stand out amongst their peers and truly deserve to be commended."
To be considered, Sailors are nominated by their departmental chain of command and have a performance package submitted to the command master chief. This is followed by an oral board, comprised of senior enlisted personnel, in which candidates are asked a series of questions ranging from Naval history and uniform standards to current events and naval strategy.
"I was really surprised because all the guys I went up against are top notch," said Barraza. "I'd like to thank all my peers and junior Sailors because I couldn't be where I am without them."
At a future awards ceremony the Sailors will be given a certificate and a command plaque to commemorate their selection.
"I have a great chain of command to thank," said Geneus. "Without them I don't think I could be as motivated as I am. They make it easy."
"I'm humbled," said Muhl. "I wasn't expecting to be given this title considering that I was up against some fine Sailors. This is really a win for the ship's Supply Department who has supported me."
The Philippine Sea is currently on deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.