Naval Oceanography Names Sailors of the Year

Story Number: NNS191218-01Release Date: 12/18/2019 9:51:00 AM
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From Kaley Turfitt, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Public Affairs

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (NNS) -- On Dec. 13, Rear Adm. John Okon, commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, announced the 2019 Sailors of the Year (SOY).  Aerographer’s Mate First Class Ciera Meadows was named Senior Sea SOY and Aerographer’s Mate First Class Trevor Schwab was named Senior Shore SOY. Aerographer’s Mate Second Class Robert Logan, III was named Junior Sea SOY and Aerographer’s Mate First Class Stephen De Los Santos was named Junior Shore SOY.

“The final words of the Sailors’ Creed state: ‘I proudly serve my country’s Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment. I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.’ These Sailors represent the best of the best that wear the uniform of a United States Sailor. Each of the Sailors selected live the Creed through their thoughts, words and action in defining and applying the physical environment every day. I’m proud Sever alongside them on the Naval Oceanography team,” said Rear Adm. Okon.

AG1 Meadows is assigned to Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Detachment based in San Diego, Calif. While deployed to U.S. Central Command, she led 15 Sailors in providing broad-spectrum expeditionary meteorology and oceanography support to commanders, key planners and SOF personnel.

“AG1 Meadows’ motivation for excellence has made her highly visible and a go-to Sailor at Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Center,” said Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jeff Palmer. “She is a proven leader in every sense of the word. Her superb work ethic was exemplified this year by qualifying as an expeditionary master forecaster and completing an arduous six-month deployment.”

AG1 Schwab serves as a forecast duty officer (FDO) and command career counselor (CCC) at Fleet Weather Center (FWC) in Norfolk, Va. As the FDO, he stood 790 hours of watch and produced over 900 forecasts providing aviation and maritime support across Task Force Eighty, Fourth Fleet, Sixth Fleet and the Arctic. His success as CCC resulted in completing 219 career development boards, processing over 62 career waypoints, processing 47 enlisted personnel action requests, coordinating and reenlisting 24 Sailors, and processing 56 extensions.

 Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Gabriel said, “Petty Officer Schwab is a truly outstanding Sailor. He embodies the core attributes of initiative, accountability, integrity and toughness. He is a motivated deck plate leader and mentor for every Sailor in my command.”

AG2 Logan is a FDO aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) assigned to FWC in Norfolk, Va. His achievements include the development and dissemination of 712 electromagnetic warfare tactical decision aids, 2,158 meteorology and oceanography forecasts resulting in 2,251 mishap-free hours of flight operations, 1,139 safe hours of amphibious operations and 39,492 nautical miles of safe navigation for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group.

AG1 De Los Santos is a journeyman forecaster assigned to Joint Typhoon Warning Center Detachment embedded within Air Force 17th Operational Weather Squadron in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. As watch zone supervisor, he supervised a team of three forecasters in the production and dissemination of over 217 terminal aero dome forecasts for pilots and installation commanders. He qualified at multiple watch stations on a joint-operations watch floor; and both Navy and Air Force watch standers frequently seek his technical expertise and mentorship.  

Naval Oceanography has approximately 2,500 globally distributed military and civilian personnel, who collect, process and exploit environmental information to assist Fleet and Joint Commanders in all warfare areas to guarantee the U.S. Navy’s freedom of action in the physical battlespace from the depths to the stars.

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