NORFOLK (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) announced the selection of the Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year during a luncheon aboard Naval Station Norfolk, March 6.
Rear Admiral Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, announced Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Richard Fenters as the CNAL Shore Sailor of the Year and Naval Air Crewmen (Operator) 1st Class Raul Gomez as the CNAL Sea Sailor of the Year.
The two Sailors were selected from ten candidates representing more than 40,000 men and women serving in the sea and shore components within Naval Air Force Atlantic. Each represented their respective commands after being selected as that commands Sailor of the Year.
"Each of you here today has already won," said Shoemaker. "You have been selected by your commands as the very best of the best. Your presence here is a testimony to your individual accomplishments, and I salute you all."
Fenters, a native of Attica, Ind., is assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. He enlisted in the Navy in 1998.
"It is a privilege and honor to be recognized for the work and dedication of my Sailors, family, and friends," said Fenters.
Gomez, a native of San Antonio, Texas, is assigned to Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven in Jacksonville, Fla., and serves as the operations lead petty officer. He enlisted in the Navy in 2001.
"It feels absolutely amazing," said Gomez. "It's been a great week. I've met a lot of great Sailors that were equally deserving. It's a great honor and I am truly humbled to be representing all my mentors and junior Sailors who have helped me achieve this career milestone."
Both Sailors will advance to the next selection process to determine the Sailors of the Year for U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
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