FRA continued its long-standing tradition of honoring outstanding military service members by participating in the Navy’s 2010 Sailor of the Year (SOY) and the Coast Guard’s Enlisted Person of the Year activities. FRA organized a tour of the U.S. Capitol for all honorees and their families in addition to other acknowledgements of their superior performance.
FRA hosted the SOY honorees and their family members at a Capitol Hill breakfast, and National President Jim Scarbro and National Vice President Jeff Gilmartin joined National Executive Director (NED) Joe Barnes in presenting awards during an event hosted by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West. They also attended a special ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial where Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1st Class Amy Davis, U.S. Fleet Forces Sea Sailor of the Year; Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Andrew Jenkins, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year; Naval Air Crewman (Mechanical) 1st Class James Henson, Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year; and Construction Electrician 1st Class Leonardo Calderon, Chief of Naval Operations Shore Sailor of the Year, were meritoriously promoted to Chief Petty Officer by Admiral Gary Roughead, chief of Naval Operations.
Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year Chief Petty Officer Troy Brevik and Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year Petty Officer 1st Class William Hilt were recognized at a ceremony held at USCG Headquarters in Washington, D.C. NED Barnes and Penny Collins, FRA’s director of Membership Development, attended the ceremony hosted by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Forces Mark Allen.