YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 6, 2020) Yeoman 1st Class Silvia Raya, Submarine Group 7 Sailor of the Year, poses for a photo a Fleet Activities Yokosuka Feb. 6. Raya was selected through a very competitive process and will further compete for Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan Litzenberger)
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 6, 2020) Yeoman 1st Class Silvia Raya, Submarine Group 7 Sailor of the Year, poses for a photo a Fleet Activities Yokosuka Feb. 6. Raya was selected through a very competitive process and will further compete for Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan Litzenberger)

Tefe, Brazil Native receives Sailor of the Year honor at Japan-based command

by Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Litzenberger
U.S. Navy

FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan -- A Tefe, Amazon, Brazil native and Commander, Submarine Group 7’s (CSG 7) Sailor of the Year is currently serving in Yokosuka, Japan.

Yeoman 1st Class Silvia Raya joined the Navy in 2005. Yeoman perform administrative and clerical work. They receive visitors, answer telephone calls and sort incoming mail. They type, organize files and operate modern office equipment such as word processing computers and copying machines.

At CSG 7, Raya is currently serving as the command’s Flag Writer. The Flag Writer is personally assigned to perform the executive administrative and secretarial duties for current Commander, Submarine Group 7 Rear Adm. Jimmy Pitts. She also serves as the president of the command’s First Class Petty Officer Association.

“I love my job. The reason I became a Flag Writer is because I was in search for a more challenging position. Due to change in my career, I had and continue to have the possibility to grasp the level of impact that decisions and policies discussed and approved by the commanders will have in the Fleet,” said Raya.

“Since selected as a Flag Writer, I feel fortunate to learn more about ethics, protocol, high-level correspondences, and being able to use my training daily. This experience taught me to maintain a composed attitude during short notice or urgent situations while improving my management skills.”

Raya’s experience gained working under the Navy’s top leaders has made her ready for the next level, according to Chief Hospital Corpsman Tee Menchaca, her leading chief petty officer.

“She is one of the most involved Sailors I have ever had the privilege to work with,” said Menchaca. “The amount of impact she has on this command is incredible. She has worked very hard to get where she is at, but even more notable is her humility and selflessness. It only takes one glance to know that she truly cares about the Sailors, and I look forward to the day that I’m sure will soon come that she puts on anchors. She sets a great example for everyone else.”

Raya credits her success to the support of her parents, her kids and husband, as well as the mentors who helped guide her in the right direction.

“My parents, my kids, and my husband are the reason why I kept moving and maintained my positive attitude,” said Raya. “And without my mentors’ honest guidance, I would not be accomplishing my professional goals and would not be making a positive impact in the commands where I serve and in my naval career.”

Raya will move on to compete for Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year.

With more than 50 percent of the world’s shipping tonnage and a third of the world’s crude oil passing through the Indo Pacific region, the U.S. has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world. CSG 7 is responsible for coordinating a diverse fleet of submarines, surface ships and aircraft deployed to the Western Pacific and the Middle East; two forward-deployed submarine tenders and four attack submarines homeported in Guam; Submarine Squadron 21 in Bahrain; five surveillance towed array sensor system vessels and three oceanographic survey vessels when tasked for Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare operations. Under CSG 7 are two task forces: CTF-74 and CTF-54, which provide theater anti-submarine warfare support from the Red Sea to the International Date Line.

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