Navy Medicine’s 2017 Sailors of the Year, Across the Enterprise

Editor’s note: These hospital corpsmen were recognized as the Senior Sailors of the Year at their prospective regional commands, Navy Medicine East, Navy Medicine West, Navy Medicine Education Training and Logistics Command, and U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. These four sailors will now compete for the title of Navy Medicine’s 2017  Sailor of the Year, who will move on to compete in the Navy Shore Sailor of the Year competition later this year. The winner of that competition will be meritoriously promoted to chief petty officer.
The Sailor of the Year program was established in 1972 by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet to recognize an individual Sailor who best represented the ever-growing group of dedicated professional Sailors at each command and ultimately the Navy.

Navy Medicine East

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephane Belcher/Released)

 Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Alexanderia N. Artis

Command: Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Current location: Jacksonville, Florida
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Educational Background: Southeast High School, Wichita KS 2002, Pennsylvania State University BA Law and Society 2015
Years in the Navy: 15
Brief job description:  Medical Laboratory Technician,  Leading Petty Office of the laboratory at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.
Achievements, milestones and medals:
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist
Flag Letter of Commendation (3)  as well as various unit awards

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephane Belcher/Released)

If you could sum up your experience with Navy Medicine in one sentence, what would you say?

 “Navy Medicine has taught me about more than just medicine, we’re always working to improve to for patients and providers.”

Navy Medicine West

(U.S. Navy Photo by Miguel Alvarez/Released)

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jane Lynn V. Borja

Command: Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
Current location: Camp Pendleton, California
Hometown: Dededo, Guam
Educational Background: University of Maryland University College – Associates in Science, 2012
Years in the Navy: 13
Brief job description:  Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Leading Petty Officer of Radiology Department
Achievements, milestones and medals:
USS O’Kane (DDG-77) Blue Jacket of the Year, 2007
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Senior Sailor of the year, 2017
Navy Medicine West Senior Sailor of the Year, 2017
Enlisted Surface Warfare
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (4)
Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Medal (1)

(Photo courtesy of HM1 Borja)

If you could sum up your experience with Navy Medicine in one sentence, what would you say?

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead and inspire Sailors every day and provide the best medical care 365 days a year.”

Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Lieberknecht/Released)

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Name: Patricia Lopez-Cruz

Command:  Navy Medicine Training Support Center
Current location:  San Antonio, Texas
Hometown:  Fallbrook, California
Educational Background:  Fallbrook High School, 2004 , University of Maryland University College Europe, 2015
Years in the Navy:  12
Current Title:  Navy Dental Assistant Program Leading Petty Officer
Achievements, milestones and medals:
Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist
Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist
Master Training Specialist, Shellback
Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2)
Joint Service Achievement Medal and various unit awards

(Photo courtesy of HM1 Lopez-Cruz)

If you could sum up your experience with Navy Medicine in one sentence, what would you say?

“I have had the fortunate opportunity to learn from the best and take care of the best throughout my Navy Medicine career.”

U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

(Photo courtesy of HM1 Solomon)

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jon Solomon

Command: U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Current location: Falls Church, Virginia
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California
Educational Background: Thousand Oaks High School, 2002, California State University Northridge, 2007
Years in the Navy: 7
Brief job description: Enlisted Aerospace Medicine Program Manager,
Achievements, milestones and medals:
Hospital Corps School “A” School Valedictorian
Aerospace Medical Technician “C” School Honor Graduate
Three deployments with the Marine Air Wing
Most proud of having had one my junior Sailors receive their FMF pin on top of Mt Suribachi, Iwo Jima.
Awards include the Navy Commendation Medal
Navy Achievement Medals,(2)
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Presidential Volunteer Service Award

(Photo courtesy of HM1 Solomon)

If you could sum up your experience with Navy Medicine in one sentence, what would you say?

“Navy Medicine has provided opportunities I couldn’t get anywhere else and the Sailors I’ve worked with have made the journey memorable and rewarding!”

 

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