ROTA Spain (NNS) -- Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Rota's Senior Sailor of the Year (SSOY) and Sailor of the Year (SOY) were selected as the overall Commander, Naval Security Group SSOY and the Commander, Naval Security Group SOY March 15.
Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 1st Class (AW/NAC) Heather Stokes, SSOY, and Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 2nd Class (AW/NAC) Dena McGuiggan, SOY, are highly esteemed within their working areas, according to both of their leading chief petty officers (LCPO).
"If we could clone those two and make about 30 of each of them, we'd be pretty well set for success," said Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) (AW/NAC) Richard Anderson, Stokes' LCPO. "Both Sailors have long deployments, community and command involvement, plus being extremely well-versed at their jobs."
Both Stokes and McGuiggan are extremely well-rounded, according to their LCPOs.
"[McGuiggan] is without a doubt our best E-5, and she has been performing at a first class level for quite some time," said Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive)(AW/NAC) Daniel Boyer, McGuiggan's LCPO. "She's totally reliable - you never have to ask her to do anything twice. She volunteers for all the difficult tasks and excels at them, and she is very involved in the community. Also, when she's not taking college courses, she completes many of the Navy computer-based courses," he said.
Anderson had just as much good to say about Stokes.
"She epitomizes a first class petty officer in the United States Navy," he said. "She is extremely reliable and responsible, and she does all of the things that the Navy expects of a first class petty officer. She goes above and beyond in every area. She is very involved in the community and is very involved in off-duty education. She's an incredible asset to have in the department and in the command. I hope to see her wearing khaki as soon as possible," Anderson said.
On their own behalf, both Stokes and Anderson agreed that it took a lot of work to get where they are.
"It takes everything, from deployments to mentoring to being involved in the community, all put together," said McGuiggan.
"The Navy wants educated people," said Stokes. "They want people who are command involved, people who support the community and people who do their job well."
The recognition ceremonies for Stokes and McGuiggan will be held in Washington, D.C., April 11 - 13.
Stokes went on to say that she is excited about pursuing her next step, to apply for Vice Chief of Naval Operations Shore Sailor of the Year. That competition is also scheduled for April.
Stokes offered some advice to Sailors who would aspire to reach her level or higher.
"Just give 110 percent," she said. "You have to be the best person you can be. Be an expert at your job and go above and beyond whatever the command requires. You want to be at your personal best and help out your fellow Sailors."
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