NAVSUP GLS Selects 2015 Sailors of the Year

BY PAULA DUNN, OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, NAVSUP GLOBAL LOGISTICS SUPPORT

NAVSUP GLS Senior Sailor of the Year: LS1 Justin Wright –photo by Kim Longstaff

NAVSUP GLS Senior Sailor of the Year: LS1 Justin Wright –photo by Kim Longstaff

Logistics Specialist 1st Class Justin Wright from Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella, Site Souda Bay was named the NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) enterprise Senior Sailor of the Year following a ceremony in San Diego, Nov. 19.

Wright was selected among eight finalist candidates representing the eight fleet logistics centers of the NAVSUP GLS enterprise operating around the world.

At the ceremony, the command also selected and honored:

NAVSUP GLS Reserve Bluejacket of the Year
Logistics Specialist Seaman Adam Liburdi
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka

NAVSUP GLS Junior Sailor of the Year
Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Tyshaun Ezell
NAVSUP FLC Bahrain

NAVSUP GLS Sailor of the Year
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Brenda Mensah
NAVSUP FLC Sigonella

Command leaders also selected the NAVSUP GLS enterprise reserve stand out sailors.

NAVSUP GLS Reserve Bluejacket of the Year
Logistics Specialist Seaman Adam Liburdi
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka

NAVSUP GLS Reserve Junior Sailor of the Year
Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Shemonique Washington,
NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville

NAVSUP GLS Reserve Sailor of the Year
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Jae Um
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka

NAVSUP GLS Reserve Senior Sailor of the Year
Logistics Specialist 1st Class Daniel Baldaramos
NAVSUP FLC San Diego

Rear Adm. James McNeal, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Global Logistics Support (GLS) speaks with NAVSUP GLS Enterprise Sailors of the Year finalists on Nov. 19 in San Diego, California.

Rear Adm. James McNeal, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Global Logistics Support (GLS) speaks with NAVSUP GLS Enterprise Sailors of the Year finalists on Nov. 19 in San Diego, California.

“I could not be more proud of you – and all the Sailors in the NAVSUP GLS enterprise – and the support you provide to the fleet day-in and day-out,” said Rear Adm. James McNeal during the ceremony in front of the command’s senior enlisted leaders from around the world. “You all have earned this. But, your job is not over. We are counting on you to continue to lead by example and make positive impacts on our great Navy throughout your careers.”

As the active duty Senior Sailor of the Year, Wright will represent NAVSUP GLS at the annual Naval Supply Systems Command echelon II Sailor of the Year competition.

“This recognition is humbling. Every finalist who is here today deserves this and could be in my position right now,” said Wright.

“The circumstances and the quality of the Sailors I have to lead made this award possible.”

Rear Adm. James McNeal, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Global Logistics Support (GLS) presents NAVSUP GLS Senior Sailor of the Year, LS1 Justin Wright with his plaque on Nov. 19 in San Diego, California. –photos by Kim Longstaff

Rear Adm. James McNeal, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Global Logistics Support (GLS) presents NAVSUP GLS Senior Sailor of the Year, LS1 Justin Wright with his plaque on Nov. 19 in San Diego, California. –photos by Kim Longstaff

To earn this recognition, Wright expertly led 16 Sailors and eight civilians in all aspects of logistics support for 65 visiting warships, Military Sealift Command vessels, submarines, and a Carrier Strike Group. He oversaw the efficient coordination of all port services and the movement of 512,029 pounds of cargo.

In addition to providing world-class logistics support to incoming vessels, upon notification of the transition from the commercial husbanding service provider contract in Souda Bay, Wright volunteered to develop the command’s ‘organic’ husbanding port services support model.

After completing 80 hours of online training, Wright became a proficient contracting officer representative – a position normally held by senior enlisted Sailors or officers.

“It is apparent that LS1 Wright genuinely cares about his Sailors, helps them realize their goals, and celebrates in their successes,” said NAVSUP FLC Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Parker. “He is a leader in every sense of the word; he makes the growth and development of his people his top priority.”

January/February 2016