NORFOLK -- Two women are U.S. Fleet Forces Command's Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year.
Adm. Bill Gortney on Wednesday announced Electronics Technician 1st Class Cheyenne N. Shasky, stationed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), as the 2012 Sea Sailor of the Year and Cryptologic Technician (Networks) 1st Class Shanon N. McQueen, stationed at Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Maryland, as the Shore Sailor of the Year.
They were each presented a helmsman clock at the ceremony hosted by the Hampton Roads Navy League at the Sheraton Waterside in Norfolk.
They beat 10 other candidates for the honor.
'This has been an incredibly awesome experience. I couldn't imagine in my wildest dreams that I would be here,' said McQueen, a native of Crete, Ill. 'My fellow finalists were a group of the most stellar Sailors I've ever been in company with. I had the opportunity to learn a lot from them, and we had a wonderful time together. It's just been a blessing to be here.'
Shasky credits a large portion of her success to those around her.
'Without my leadership, without my family, without my peers and most especially without my Sailors, I would not be here. This is absolutely 100 percent theirs. Some of my junior Sailors were here today because I told them, this, regardless of the outcome, was as much theirs as it was mine,' said Shasky, a native of Portland, Ore.
The USFF SOY program recognizes the best and brightest Sailors throughout USFF. Gortney awarded each of the finalists the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
Shasky will be meritoriously promoted to the rank of chief petty officer by the chief of naval operations this May. McQueen will go on to the next round of competition at the Chief of Naval Operations Shore SOY competition this May in Washington, D.C.