Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet Announces 2017 Sailors of the Year

Story Number: NNS171220-10Release Date: 12/20/2017 12:36:00 PM
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By Cryptologic Technician, Networks 2nd Class Petty Officer Winter Griffith, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet Public Affairs

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) announced the 2017 Sailor of the Year, Junior Sailor of the Year, and Blue Jacket of the Year for FCC/C10F.

Cryptologic Technician (Networks) 1st Class Donald McCanless, from Montgomery, Ala., was named the FCC/C10F Sailor of the Year; Yeoman 2nd Class David Modisette, from Tampa, Fla., was named Junior Sailor of the Year; and Information Technician Seaman Kiana Fortin, from Las Vegas, was named the Blue Jacket of the Year.

"Being selected as Blue Jacket of the Year means that you are a well-rounded junior Sailor," said Fortin. "It means that you are on the right path to becoming a great leader. I feel honored to be selected."

This year's awardees have diverse backgrounds, and skill sets. Their work ethic and commitment to Navy core values are attributes they share, which have helped them succeed.

"You must have high expectations for yourself and your work," said McCanless. "Being proactive and giving your all in every task is what it takes to be competitive for Sailor of the Year."

Modisette agreed saying, "If you give 100% of yourself to your team and your command, people will notice. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Take the challenging tasks no one else wants and excel at them."

"Confidence is key at the Blue Jacket of the Year board. Even if you don't know the answer to the question, being confident will make you shine," said Fortin.

Being named as the Sailor of the Year, Junior Sailor of the Year, or Blue Jacket of the Year is not something a Sailor achieves alone. "I am very thankful for my leadership, mentors and peers who have helped me succeed," said CTN1 McCanless.

"Our Sailors of the Year are well deserving of this achievement," said Master Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Michael Smith, FCC/C10F's senior enlisted leader. "They helped the command reach its mission critical goals by providing their expertise and mentorship to their seniors, juniors, and peers. Their commitment to excellence is invaluable."

When a Sailor is named as Sailor of the Year, it is more than just recognition for the work they have done, it also comes with great responsibility.

"As JSOY, I represent FCC/C10F in everything I do, at work and in the community," said Modisette.

U.S. Fleet Cyber Command serves as the Navy component command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, and the Navy's Service Cryptologic Component commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. Fleet Cyber Command also reports directly to the Chief of Naval Operations as an Echelon II command.

U.S. 10th Fleet is the operational arm of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides operational direction through its Maritime Operations Center located at Fort George Meade Md., executing command and control over assigned forces in support of Navy or joint missions in cyber/networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.

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