U.S. Pacific Fleet Sea, Shore Sailors of the Year Announced

03 June 2022

From Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

The U.S. Pacific Fleet has more than 144,000 Sailors and the 10 nominees represent the character and caliber of leadership across commands and warfare communities.
Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Evan Morrow, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, was selected as the Sea SOY, and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jeremy Allen, assigned to Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, was selected as the Shore SOY.
Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Evan Morrow, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, was selected as the Sea SOY, and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jeremy Allen, assigned to Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, was selected as the Shore SOY.
Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Evan Morrow, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, was selected as the Sea SOY, and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jeremy Allen, assigned to Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, was selected as the Shore SOY.
2022 Pacific Fleet Sailors of the Year
Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Evan Morrow, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, was selected as the Sea SOY, and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jeremy Allen, assigned to Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, was selected as the Shore SOY.
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PEARL HARBOR -- Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) announced the FY 2021 Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii June 2.

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Evan Morrow, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, was selected as the Shore SOY and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jeremy Allen, assigned to Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, was selected as the Sea SOY.

Rear Adm. Blake Converse, PACFLT Deputy Commander, congratulated all 10 Sailors on their nominations.

“The Sailor that stands up here from the sea and shore will represent the largest and most capable fleet in the world,” said Converse. “We’re proud of you and excited to have you become our next generation of senior leaders. I ask that as you go forward, you continue to lead with humility, integrity, and commitment.”

Throughout the week leading up to the selections, the candidates visited memorials across the island of Oahu to reflect and learn more about naval history and heritage in the Pacific. Site visits included USS Utah, USS Missouri, and USS Arizona Memorials.

"It was important for us to share the storied past of the Pacific Fleet with these Sailors," said Fleet Master Chief James "Smitty" Tocorzic. "As we press on into this next chapter of our naval history, it's critical that we remember those who came before us. I'm extremely proud of this group and thankful that we had the opportunity to bring them to these special sites."

The U.S. Pacific Fleet has more than 144,000 Sailors and the 10 nominees represent the character and caliber of leadership across commands and warfare communities.

Allen, from Palmdale, Calif., will be meritoriously promoted to chief petty officer as part of his selection as PACFLT Sea SOY.

"It’s surreal to be selected as Sailor of the Year," said Allen. “I had no expectation of making it this high, and to go through the process and work with the master chiefs – it has been amazing.”

Morrow, from San Diego, will be meritoriously promoted to chief petty officer as part of his selection as the PACFLT Shore SOY.

"This has been a very humbling experience and I couldn’t thank my fellow Sailors and chain of command enough," said Morrow. “A lot of people have helped me get here, but my father-in-law, a prior chief, is my biggest mentor. I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for me.”

The other sea and shore SOY finalists included: Musician 1st Class Allan Holland, of PACFLT, Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 1st Class Carl Bates, of Tactical Operations Center, Kadena, Logistics Specialist 1st Class Felix Leyba, of Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific, Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Raymond Madera, of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1, Navy Counselor 1st Class Gabriella Oldham, of Naval Ocean Processing Facility, Whidbey Island, Information System Technician 1st Class Peter Della Vedova, of Joint Mobile Ashore Support Terminal, Pacific, Cryptologic Technician (Collector) 1st Class Mark Lewis of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, and Legalman 1st Class Felicia Allen, of Carrier Strike Group 9.

Former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet established the SOY program in 1972 to recognize outstanding Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Sailors who best represented the group of dedicated professional Sailors at each command, and ultimately, the Navy. Within 10 years, the Sailor of the Year program was expanded to include the shore establishment and Navy Reserve Sailors.

Adm. Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith revised the SOY program to focus on talent management and enlisted leader development. The update increased the number of Sailors meritoriously advanced from four to 18. The update also modified the competitive cycle dates and provided clarity for competition timelines and nomination format to align with CPO selection board precepts and convening order.

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