By Kaylee LaRocqueâ¨â¨
NAS Jax Public Affairs Specialistâ¨

NAS Jacksonville recognized 81 top Sailors from the base and tenant commands for the first quarter during the Sailor of the Quarter (SOQ) luncheon at the River Cove Catering and Conference Center Jan. 23. â¨

"The operational tempo of today's Navy is insanely hectic. Today, we have 323,000 active duty members and 62,000 Selected Reservists currently deployed to every area of responsibility in the world. Our objective is to protect power and deter war to sustain the American way of life. We continue to operate forward despite budget constraints capitalizing on our most valuable asset - our people," said NAS Jax Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Brad Shepherd.

He continued, "But it's nice today to be able to carve out a little time to remember our forward deployed squadrons - VP-8, VP-16 and HSM-74 and to recognize our Sailors for their contributions, service and sacrifices."

Members of the Navy Band Southeast Brass Quintet performed the national anthem and NAS Jacksonville Chaplain (Lt.) Andrew Hayler delivered the invocation. â¨

The event's guest speaker was VP-30 Senior Sailor of the Quarter AWO1 Gerald Boyson.

"When I first joined the Navy and went to boot camp and 'A' School, I absolutely hated it," said Boyson. "But then I saw how the leaders believed in me and my ability to become a leader."

"You have to start as a follower first. You have to be able to take an order and fulfill it. You have to take what you have learned and apply it. These are the traits that make a good leader," Boyson continued.

"But what about those Blue Jackets who show how to lead from the bottom up? We continue to learn from our junior Sailors. Leadership starts at the top and ends at the bottom but leadership also runs from the bottom up."

Following lunch, NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander thanked the Sailors and their spouses.

"I would like to extend my personal congratulations to all of you who have been selected as outstanding Sailors for this quarter," said Undersander.

"As is tradition in the Navy, when you are recognized for excellence, you are rewarded by having more responsibility put upon you. Much of that responsibility will involve more opportunities for leadership."

Undersander went on to quote Gen. Douglas MacArthur, "A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent."

"There are two points I would like you take away from this. These three characteristics are all required to be a balanced leader. Too much or too little of any one of these will throw you off balance. And often times, the compassion aspect gets left behind. Don't let it happen to you," he continued.

""Be a leader by you actions, not just words. And know in your heart that you are taking the right actions. Without action and integrity there is no leadership," said Undersander.

"Again, congratulations to you and your family members. As we all know, it is a team effort on the home front that makes us successful."

Undersander then presented each SOQ an award envelope with a $25 gift card from VyStar Credit Union.

"I think this is a great idea holding this luncheon to recognize us for all the hard work we do each day. And, it's nice for the junior Sailors to be honored - it really makes an impact," said VP-62 Junior Sailor of the Quarter AWV2(NAC/AW) William Schmier.

"This is really nice to bring everyone together and let the different commands know who is being recognized outside of the squadron. It gives junior Sailors something to strive for," added VP-45 Senior Sailor of the Quarter AT1(AW) Tiffani Travis.

Sponsors included USAA, First Command, University of Phoenix and Columbia College who picked up the cost of the buffet luncheon for the SOQs and their family members.

Neither the U.S. Navy, nor any other part of the federal government officially endorses any company, sponsor or its products or services.


Sailors of the Quarter

Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jax

Sailor of the Quarter

AS1 Daniel Wynne

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AWR2 Thomas Gaeta

Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter

Sgt. Jason Tanner

Commander, Navy Region Southeast

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

NC1 Vladimir Arias-Martinez

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

IT2 Keston Adharsingh

Commander, Patrol Reconnaissance Wing Eleven

Sea

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

AWO1 Zachary Bergum

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

IS2 Matthew Bonneval

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

OS3 Darein Perry

Shore

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

AWO1 Jose Hernandez

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

YN2 Michael Kean

Coastal Riverine Squadron 10

Sailor of the Quarter

LS1 Adam Ponce

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

ET2 Troy Durham

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

GM3 Michael Montgomery

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast

Sea

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

AE1 Grady Tucker

Sailor of the Quarter

AD2 Steven Hurst

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AT3 Brittany Wilkerson

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

ADAN Brandon Anderson

Shore

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

AT1 Vincent Brooks

Sailor of the Quarter

AZ2 Jose Prince

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AT3 Angelica Llamas

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

ASAN Megan Robbins

Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

OS1 Lotorick Portis

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AC2 Ramon Jimenez Jr.

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

OSSR Taylor Carden

HS-11

Sailor of the Quarter

NC1 Kisha Hopkins

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

CS2 Kindrick Richards

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

AOAN Robert Segarra

HSM-70

Sailor of the Quarter

AWR1 Brandon Steiner

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AE2 Daniel Dombrowsky

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

LSSN Damien Rieger

HSM-72

Sailor of the Quarter

AM1 Anthony Thomason

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AE2 Sasha Haywood

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

CS3 Jose Zouain

NAS Jacksonville

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

CS1 Marnika Ash

Sailor of the Quarter

AO2 Devanae Bradley

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

ET3 Patricio Ramon

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Jax

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

IT1 Andrea Ponder

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

IT2 Amanda Copeland

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

IT3 Cody Smith

Naval Hospital Jacksonville

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

HM1 Jonathan Scott

Sailor of the Quarter

HM2 Brian Nguygen

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

HM3 Aaron Stuckey

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

HN Stefano Galvez

Navy Operational Support Center Jax

Sailor of the Quarter

PS1 Victoria Lewis

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

YN2 Derrick Traylor

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

HN Phillip Nielsen

Navy Region Southeast Reserve Component Command

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

HM1 Harry Egleston

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

YN2 Tynichella Danzie

Southeast Regional Calibration Center

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

IC1 Robert Russell

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

ET2 William Simmons

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

ET3 Denver Greenwood

Transient Personnel Unit/Pre-Trial Confinement Facility

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

AO1 Monique Bernard

Sailor of the Quarter

QM2 David Mora

VP-5

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

AT1 Abalo Meba

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AM2 Shawn Batchelor

Mad Fox of the Quarter

AEAN Joseph Lentz

VP-8

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

IT2 Ashley Bruce

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AD3 Michael Smith

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

AN Rose Ebi

VP-10

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

AD1 Craig Black

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AM2 Megan Stricklin

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

ADAN Victoria Bautistamacias

VP-16

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

AT1 Charles Bachman

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

PR2 Makhmud Ibragimov

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

PS3 Jonathan Lopez

VP-26

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

AME1 Robert Fisher

Sailor of the Quarter

AWO2 Malorie Gallagher

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

AMAN Ethan Nunnery

VP-30

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

AWO1 Gerald Boysen

Sailor of the Quarter

AWF2 Zachariah Green

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AM3 Franklin Randall

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

ATAN Sara Urspruch

VP-45

Senior Sailor of the Quarter

AT1 Tiffani Travis

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

HM2 Dennis Khamphanthirath

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

AN Derek Brown

VP-62

Full-Time Support

Sailor of the Quarter

AT1 Steve Wright

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AWF2 William Schmier

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

AO3 Matthew Whitson

Selected Reserves

Sailor of the Quarter

AWO1 Andrew Running

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AME2 Jack Smith

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

ATAN Yarley Mayben