Sasebo sailor earns CNIC Sailor of the Year
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A Commander, Fleet Activities, (CFA) Sasebo Sailor was named the 2013 Commander, Navy Installations Command Sailor of the Year, Feb. 12.
This year's winner, Master-at-Arms 1st Class (SW) Clinton D. Peterson, from San Antonio, Texas, was chosen from three of the top Sailors across the enterprise, competing with more than 14,400 Sailors at 70 installations worldwide.
He, along with two other Sailors from Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic and Commander, Navy Region Southeast, traveled to Washington D.C. for the final board and awards ceremony.
"Just to make it to this point, to be invited to Washington and considered among the top three was a great honor," said Peterson. "Coming here with the best Sailors from Norfolk and New Orleans has been a terrific experience."
Peterson, the 2013 Navy Region Japan Sailor of the Year, was chosen from among CNIC's 12 region Sailors of the Year to make it into the top three.
"For these Sailors to be here today, they competed at their installation against their peers, and then they competed at the region level against the Sailors of the Year from the other installations in their region," said Vice Adm. Bill French, commander, Navy Installations Command. "From there, each Region's Sailor of the Year competed. Three of those individuals - the three here today - rose to the top and represent the very best of the best within the CNIC enterprise."
As CFA Sasebo Security Department leading petty officer, Peterson leads more than 160 Security Specialists who secure the installation and its surrounding harbor. He is also a member of the teams that work with the installation's host nation to create physical security plans for the national support element in Japan. Peterson was hand-selected by the chief staff officer as the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) watch officer, a watch normally reserved for officers and chief petty officers, where he coordinated response efforts during a typhoon. He is also the president of the Sasebo area First Class Petty Officer Association which encompasses six tenant commands and 62 first class petty officers and volunteers numerous hours supporting events both on and off base.
Peterson expressed thanks to all who helped him get to this point and to those who help train and mentor junior Sailors.
"I wouldn't be here without the love and support of my beautiful wife, Celia, during my entire Navy career, the chain of command at Sasebo for being such wonderful leaders, and my fellow first classes for their experience and leadership to help make the Sailors around us that much better."
The ceremony was held at CNIC Headquarters on the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The three nominees spent a few days before the ceremony touring the city; to include stops at the Pentagon to visit with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens, Arlington National Cemetery, the Capitol, where they were able to watch the House of Representatives in session, the Navy Memorial, and Navy History and Heritage Command.
Peterson will represent CNIC during the 2013 Direct Report (formerly known as VCNO) Naval Shore Activities Sailor of the Year later this month where he will compete against other Direct Report nominees.
"I unreservedly endorse Master-at-Arms 1st Class Peterson to compete at the next level," said French. "He represents the best of the best of the best that CNIC has to offer."
CNIC operates more than 100 programs at 70 installations in 12 regions worldwide with more than 55,000 total Sailors, civilians and contractors. The command ensures the fleet, fighter and family are provided the best possible services at home and while deployed.
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