NIOC Georgia Announces Sailors of the Year

Story Number: NNS141222-18Release Date: 12/22/2014 1:25:00 PM
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By Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 1st Class Josephine Delauney, Navy Information Operations Command Georgia Public Affairs

FORT GORDON, Ga. (NNS) -- Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Georgia at Fort Gordon announced the selection of its sea and shore Sailors of the Year, Dec. 18.

Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class Nick Mobley was named Sea Sailor of the Year (SOY) and Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 1st Class Joshua Gagner was named Shore SOY.

The winners were selected from a group of 10 nominees.

Mobley hails from Angles Camp, California, a small mining town in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, and joined the Navy in 1996. He completed "A" school in Pensacola, Florida.

His past duty assignments were as a machinist's mate, and ranged from being stationed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) out of Norfolk, Virginia, and USS Frank Cable (AS 40) out of Agana, Guam, to his role as leading petty officer of the Oxygen Cleanliness Facility at Kings Bay, Georgia.

He crossrated in 2012 and is currently the leading petty officer for the N35 direct support division.

Mobley's grandfather and father were his initial inspiration for joining the Navy, he said. They served in the Navy during the World War II and Vietnam eras, respectively.

"Presently, my motivation and drive come from wanting to do the best I can at whatever task I am assigned," Mobley said. "The way I view it, the Navy does not pay me to be a mediocre Sailor."

Gagner, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, joined the Navy in 2002 and then spent a year at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. He has been stationed at NIOC since 2004 and is currently the leading petty officer for his department.

Gagner attributes his leadership qualities to the mentorship of many from the Chiefs Mess and his fellow first classes.

When asked who inspired him, Gagner said, "I've been blessed with some of the best Sailors in the Navy. Without them, I'd be nowhere, and watching them succeed is what really makes my day and inspires me."

Next, each of the SOYs will compete with others across the U.S. 10th Fleet operational domain for C10F Sailor of the Year.

NIOC Georgia is a subordinate command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and comprises Task Force 1050 of U.S. 10th Fleet. Based at Fort Gordon, its mission is to provide information warfare and expert cryptologic personnel to fleet air, surface, submarine and special warfare combatants and to provide reachback and extended staff support to U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command Joint Forces Maritime Component Commanders.

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