NAVSUP Active and Reserve Sailors of the Year

BY NAVSUP OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS

NAVSUP commands’ Sailors of the Year gathered during the NAVSUP Commander’s Conference at the Washington Liaison Office in Washington D.C., to share insights and ideas about the future of the supply enlisted community

Logistics Specialist First Class (SW/AW) Claudette Rabajante is NAVSUP’s 2019 Active duty Sailor of the Year

Rabajante was selected from a highly competitive group of nine active duty Sailors of the Year. She demonstrated impeccable leadership and performance while serving as leading petty officer at NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk Regional Mail Center. She led 47 Sailors and civilian employees in meticulously processing more than six million pounds of mail, and providing logistics support to 575 commands.

As the mid-Atlantic assistant official mail manager (AOMM), Rabajante assisted 1,300 official mail managers and AOMMs in administering Navy’s official mail cost control program, leading to $7 million of savings at seven sites. Additionally, she led three inspectors spearheading 457 mid-Atlantic annual postal inspections contributing to Navy’s audit readiness. Finally, displaying active command engagement as drug and alcohol program advisor, she facilitated training for 322 Sailors, resulting in zero alcohol related incidents for the year.

Rabajante was born in Zamboanga City, Philippines, and moved to the United States in 2003. She enlisted in 2012 as a logistics specialist.

Logistics Specialist First Class (SCW) Clarence Allen is NAVSUP’s 2019 Reserve Sailor of the Year.

Allen was selected from a highly competitive group of four Reserve Sailors of the Year. He demonstrated exemplary leadership and a can-do spirit as leading petty officer for administrative affairs and command career counselor at Naval Reserve NAVSUP FLC Sigonella and Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center Norfolk.

In less than two months upon returning from a three-year active duty for special work assignment, Allen astutely led four Sailors at Naval Reserve NAVSUP FLC Sigonella in the rejuvenation of the command’s Reserve administration support program. As lead career counselor, he proactively corresponded with more than 1,000 Sailors and two detachments ensuring all members were current on the latest policies and procedures. While deployed, Allen led six Sailors across three divisions resulting in successful transport of 1,250 deployed Sailors and eight military working dogs in-and-out of theater. Finally, he facilitated Capstone training for 955 returning Sailors on the new blended retirement system.

Allen is a native of California and moved to Texas in 1985. He enlisted in the Navy in 2005 as a storekeeper.

NAVSUP’s 2019 active duty Sailor of the year LS1 Claudette Rabajante and NAVSUP Reserve Sailor of the year LS1 Clarence Allen with Commander NAVSUP and 48th Chief of Supply Corps Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic.
Photo by Jan Derk