By Office of Corporate Communications, Naval Supply Systems Command
Logistics Specialist 1st Class (LS1) (AW/SW) Sindy Johnson was named the 2018 Shore Sailor of the Year during a ceremony at the Ala Moana Hotel in Waikiki, March 21.
Johnson currently serves at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest onboard Naval Air Station North Island.
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LS1 (AW/SW) Sindy Johnson celebrates after being announced as the U.S. Pacific Fleet 2018 Shore Sailor of the Year during a ceremony at the Ala Moana Hotel in Waikiki. –photo by MC1 Nate Laird
The Navy meritoriously advanced Johnson’s rank to chief petty officer in honor of her award.
“I did not expect to hear my name called,” Johnson said. “I feel that being approachable and setting a good example got me to where I am today.”
Johnson was also named the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Sailor of the Year in October 2017 and the Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers Sailor of the Year in November 2017.
But being recognized for her efforts and contributions are not really new to Johnson.
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Congratulations to LS1 (AW/SW) Sindy Johnson who was selected as the 2018 Navy Shore Sailor of the Year. –photo by MC1 Sarah Villegas
While at her first command in 2005 aboard the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), Johnson was selected as the Bluejacket of the Year. Two years later Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, chose her as its Junior Sailor of the Year.
Born in Bluff, Nicaragua, Johnson moved with her father to Bronx, New York, in December 2001 at the age of 15. Three years later she joined the Navy.
“Ever since I was little and living in Nicaragua, I wanted to join the Navy because I wanted to be part of the `big super power of the world,’” she said. “And once in the States, in addition to joining the Navy, I wanted to be independent and find a better life for myself. That was the motivation to push me to join.”
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Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, congratulates LS1 (AW/SW) Sindy Johnson as the 2018 Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY) and IC1 (SW/AW) Nicholas W. Natelli as 2018 Sea SOY during a ceremony at the Ala Moana Hotel in Waikiki. –photo by MC1 Nate Laird
In 2005, a year after joining the Navy, she became a naturalized citizen in Italy while assigned to USS Emory S. Land. Her advice to younger Sailors who are interested in succeeding in the Navy focuses on continuity and perseverance.
“Don’t give up no matter how many times you fall personally or professionally,” she said. “Keep getting back up. And show up and do your best.”