GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- The inaugural Motivators of the Month lunch was held June 27 at U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay (USNHGB) to recognize the hard work of sailors from various directorates. The luncheon replaces Sailor of the Month, which recognized one sailor from the command.
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Camilo Builes, Hospitalman Marvin Fowler, Hospitalman Ralph Kennedy, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Jessica Niemasz, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Caleb Vanzandt, and Hospitalman Aiesha Whidby received an invitation to the special lunch hosted by Command Master Chief Eric Doggett and the Chiefs Mess.
The honorees enjoyed a meal, good conversation, and a few laughs. After the meal, a chief from each represented directorate spoke about the positive impact each of the guests has had on the mission of the hospital.
"This is called Motivators of the Month, but I think it should be motivator for the past five months for this Sailor," Chief Hospital Corpsman Joaquin Barredo said. "This third class has served as our directorate leading petty officer for the last five months. Since that time, no one has gotten into any trouble in our department, our PFA failures have decreased by 50 percent from the last cycle and she has taken all our new sailors checking in under her wing.
"That is a big thing," Barredo said to Niemasz, as he gave her a nod of approval. Barredo explained while that was a substantial benefit, Niemasz also makes time to volunteer for other activities as well. Being a part of the Corpsmen Ball committee and accepting the role of the command Employee Assistance Program representative are just a few examples of her willingness to step up and fill gaps.
"Thank you so much," Niemasz said as her voice cracked and tears rolled down her cheek. "It's those little things that you think are not noticed or appreciated," she explained. "It means a lot to know you do."
"I was so afraid I would fail," Niemasz continued as she tried unsuccessfully to hold back the tears. "Hearing you recognize my effort is important to me."
Doggett closed the event by presenting each honoree a coin and thanking them for their hard work.
"This is a junior-centric command but there are so many outstanding sailors doing great things here and this gives us an opportunity to recognize you," he said. You guys are doing a wonderful job and we want to make sure you know we appreciate you."
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