Guam – Service members of the Year for fiscal year 2011, were honored at a Silver Plate Awards Ceremony at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort March 30.
The Navy League of the United States Guam Council hosted the luncheon which honored service members for their outstanding contributions and performance over the past year.
“I want to salute and congratulate awardees of the Silver Plate for their exceptional leadership and their strive for excellence,” said Mark Sablan, Navy League Guam Council president. “We commend you for going above and beyond the call of duty to protect and serve the nation and our island.”
The luncheon brought together top performers from the sea services on island.
“To be honored along with all the fellow Sailors and Coast Guardsmen is a great honor,” said Cpl. Korey Smith, Marine of the Year from Marine Forces Pacific Forward (Fwd) Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. “Seeing everybody together, seeing us collectively as a military branch is wonderful.”
Guest speaker, Rear Adm. Paul Bushong, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, praised all the honorees for their hard work and dedication.
[Rear Adm. Paul Bushong, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, awards Yeoman 2nd Class (AW) Cheryllyn Santos, of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Guam, the Silver Plate Award during the Silver Plate Awards Ceremony at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort March 30. The ceremony honored Coast Guardsmen, Marines and Sailors of the Year. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Gabrielle Blake/Released)]
“Today’s awardees have executed their duties in an exemplary and professional manner,” Bushong said. “They have demonstrated exceptional initiative, dedication and superb teamwork both on and off duty.”
Sailors were given Silver Plate awards. Smith said his motivation to receive the honor came from strong leadership.
“Everyone just spews leadership on me so it rubs off and it makes me want to be a better person, better leader and better member to my service,” Smith said.
Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class (SW) Jessica Scholl, USS Frank Cable’s (AS 40) Junior Sailor of the Year offered encouragement and words of advice to her fellow Sailors.
“Always be on your ‘A’ game,” she said. “Always be productive. Always do the best you can no matter what it is, even if you think you’re terrible at it, just do your best.”
Awardees agreed that this was a great honor.
“They should all be proud of the great work they have done here on Guam, the contributions they have made to their commands and to the world,” Bushong said