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February 25, 2014 > Fremont sailor competes for Sailor of the Year

Fremont sailor competes for Sailor of the Year

Submitted By Specialist 2nd Class Karolina Oseguera

The staff of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) welcomed seven Sailors and their spouses for the annual Sea and Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY) Week in San Diego, February 9 - 14.

Each year, the SURFPAC SOY Program recognizes Sailors who best represent the large number of superior and dedicated professionals within SURFPAC squadrons and shore commands.

The events of the week honor each finalist for their contributions to their commands and local communities while evaluating their military bearing, professional performance and leadership skills as they compete for the SOY title.

Among those nominated is Petty Officer 1st Class Raymond Cuevas, from Fremont, who has been in the navy for 12 years and is currently serving as Command Master-at Arms and Assistant Antiterrorism/Force Protection Officer aboard USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60). Petty Officer Cuevas was named a finalist for the 2013 Sailor of the Year.

The Sailor of the Year program was established in 1972 by Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet to recognize an individual who best represented each command and ultimately the entire Navy.

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