Carter Hall Names Sailors of the Year

Story Number: NNS100202-27Release Date: 2/2/2010 4:51:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Hendrick L. Dickson, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

USS CARTER HALL, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) announced the 2009 Sailors of the Year during an "All Hands" call in the ship's well deck Jan. 30.

Commanding Officer, Cmdr. George Doyon announced Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/AW) Kevin L. Herron Sr., as the Carter Hall Sailor of the Year (SOY); Engineman 2nd Class (SW) David Cofield Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY); and Damage Controlman Fireman Catherine Ann Cockburn Bluejacket of the Year (BJOY).

"These Sailors lead by example every day," said Doyon. "They set a very high standard for every Sailor to emulate aboard Carter Hall and they truly represent the Navy's core values - 'Honor, Courage and Commitment.'"

Herron, who will now compete for Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic Sailor of the year, is president of Carter Hall's First Class Petty Officer Association and is the command indoctrination coordinator. He is also a member of the Command Training Team, Command Assessment Team and Anti-Terrorism Training Team.

The Memphis, Tenn, native said he is proud to represent Carter Hall as Sailor of the Year and credits a few words of encouragement from his wife for inspiring him to be the best Sailor possible.

"I am extremely honored," said Herron. "I have been in the Navy for 11 years and I appreciate the fact that my hard work has been noticed. My wife tells me 'do your best and your work will speak for itself.' I am going to continue to do the things I have been doing and I hope to have a positive affect on the Sailors of the Carter Hall."

Cofield said he was thrilled to be the one chosen from among his peers, many of whom, he added, are just as deserving of this honor.

"It's a great feeling being named the Junior Sailor of the Year," said the Longview, Texas native. "There are a lot of outstanding second classes here who could hold this title, but out of all of them I was chosen and it's a great feeling."

Cockburn, an Alexandria, a Scotland native, who has been aboard Carter Hall for only nine months, credits hard work and determination for her success.

"It is a huge honor," she said. "I have only been onboard since April 2009 and it goes to show all the hard work you put in is noticed. When you show motivation and step up, leaders notice your dedication and the superiors support your progress."

The Sailors said they proudly represent Carter Hall, and they hope their selections somehow inspire their peers to strive to be the best they can be as well.

"Every day I will try to set the example for my peers and guide those who are new to the Navy," said Cofield. "We should all try to learn the most we can because you never know when you may be the one that gets called upon. And no matter what curve balls get thrown at you, always keep your head up because tomorrow is a new day."

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