SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Navy Medicine West (NMW) named the regional 2018 Senior Sailor and Reserve Senior Sailor of the Year during a ceremony, Jan. 24.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (HM1) Beatriz Solorio, from Naval Health Clinic Hawaii (NHCH), was named the region’s 2018 Sailor of the Year and HM1 Amy Bohrer, from Operational Health Support Unit (OHSU) Bremerton, was named the 2018 Reserve Sailor of the Year.
They were selected from among 15 Sailors, each representing the commands throughout the region.
“We selected two outstanding Sailors to represent the enlisted personnel of Navy Medicine West,” said NMW Command Master Chief Loren Rucker. “The caliber of Sailors we have in the Navy now rivals that of any generation and I’m incredibly proud to serve with them. The 15 Sailors that represented their commands in both the active and reserve force are all top notch and should be proud of their accomplishments.”
Having been selected as senior Sailors of the year by their individual commands through a rigorous process that included review of their nomination packages and oral boards led by chiefs within their commands, the 15 Sailors of the Year assembled at NMW headquarters in San Diego for the regional selection.
“They attended heritages events in San Diego, had their career performance graded, and participated in another oral board, this time in front of all the command master chiefs, with questions about Naval history, tradition, customs, and military knowledge,” said Rucker.
After the commands voted for the top Sailors—one active duty and one Reserve—the names were submitted to the regional commander, Rear Adm. Paul Pearigen, who announced the 2018 Senior Sailors of the year during NMW’s annual board of governor’s meeting, a gathering of all the region’s commanding officers and command master chiefs.
Solorio, a native of San Jose, California, is the public health directorate leading petty officer (LPO) for NHCH where she mentors over 80 active duty and civilian public health technicians. She is also responsible for operating six geographically dispersed locations that provide immunizations, health education, industrial hygiene, environmental health and undersea medicine services.
“I’m very proud to be part of an organization that recognizes and promotes its Sailors based on merit,” said Solorio. “I don’t think I’ve done anything special. I’ve just tried to be a better person—I volunteer, I stay fit, I take care of our Sailors, and I make sure that our mission is being met. When you do these things, it’s going to show in your work and hard work does pay off.”
Bohrer, a U.S. Navy Reservist who hails from Aurora, Colorado, is OHSU Bremerton Detachment O’s unit LPO and directly responsible for leading and mentoring 32 enlisted Sailors, to include managing five work center supervisors, the clinic leading petty officer and the unit’s career counselor.
“I can’t say thank you enough to the leaders throughout my career who saw a lot more in me than I could ever see in myself,” Bohrer said. “I didn’t get here on my own—I got here by having strong leaders in my life and some incredible Sailors to work with.”
The Sailor of the Year program was established in 1972 by Former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet to recognize an individual Sailor who best represents the group of dedicated professional Sailors at each command and, ultimately, in the Navy.
Navy Medicine West leads (NMW) Navy Medicine’s Western Pacific health care system and global research and development enterprise. Throughout the region, NMW provides medical care to nearly 700,000 beneficiaries across 10 naval hospitals, two dental battalions and 51 branch clinics located throughout the West Coast of the U.S., Asia and the Pacific. Globally, NMW also has oversight of eight research laboratories across the U.S. and overseas that deliver high-value, high-impact research products to support and protect the health and readiness of service members.
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