SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced its 2014 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year during a ceremony aboard Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego Feb. 26.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Issa Saba Khalil, representing USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), earned Sea Sailor of the Year (SOY), and Logistics Specialist 1st Class Stacey Myers, representing Aviation Support Detachment (ASD) Misawa, Japan, earned Shore SOY.
"It's difficult to describe how humbling this experience is," said Khalil. "All my brothers and sisters that were with me throughout the week are just amazing Sailors. They could've picked any one of those Sailors and the result would've been the same because they're all great."
Meyers thanked her family and fellow shipmates for their help along the way.
"To all my mentors, to all my Sailors at ASD, and to my family, I thank you guys so much for your support," said Meyers. "And to my son, Nicholas - this is all for you."
Khalil and Meyers were selected from a group of nine candidates representing more than 40,000 Sailors serving in the sea and shore components within Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
While announcing this year's winners, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces and Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, acknowledged the dedication and accomplishments of each finalist.
After arriving in San Diego Feb. 20, participants completed physical requirements and participated in an extensive interview process. Later, the finalists and their spouses joined service counterparts from Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, Naval Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet at various social events and luncheons, including a visit with the local Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and an event aboard the USS Midway Museum.
Force Master Chief Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (AW/SW) Anthony J. Johnson spent the entire week with the candidates.
"It is important that these Sailors get ready for the next step in their careers," said Johnson. "But what is most important is the journey. I want all the finalists to know that from this day forward, you all represent Naval Air Force, Pacific, in the most profound way."
Other Sea SOY finalists from Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet included: Navy Counselor 1st Class Chanitra Mitchell, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76); Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Philip Huntington, Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels);
Aviation Electricians Mate 1st Class Jessica Lynn Shifflett, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74); and Naval Aircrewman (Tactical Helicopter) 1st Class Justin Phillips, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35.
Other Shore SOY finalists from Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet included: Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Sean Adams, HSM-41; Navy Counselor 1st Class Diedre A. McFarlane, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129; and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Jason Allen, Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Pacific (HSCWSP).
Khalil and Meyers will travel to Hawaii, where they will compete for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet's Sea and Shore SOY titles.
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