It’s Not My Father’s Navy… It’s Even BetterJuly 21, 2010
My father was always proud of his service in the U.S. Navy, and I have always been proud of him. Today, he would have been particularly proud of the Navy and four of its outstanding sailors. For the first time in history, all four recipients of the Sailor of the Year distinction are women.
Established in 1972, this honor recognizes an individual sailor from each of the four commands (Atlantic, Pacific, shore establishment, and Reserve) who best represents a growing group of dedicated professional sailors. Each year the best compete against each other, eventually reaching top honors and meritorious promotion.
AAUW advocates for women to have equal access to higher-wage and nontraditional jobs that provide important opportunities for women to address inequity. This year’s Navy honorees not only demonstrate great achievement in challenging fields but are themselves breaking through many of the barriers still facing women. All four sailors personify exceptional service to the Navy and the country and have repeatedly received honors reflecting their skills, professionalism, and commitment.
Congratulations to each of these remarkable women:
Ingrid J. Cortez
Hospital Corpsman First Class (Surface Warfare/Aviation Warfare)
USN-2009 U.S. Fleet Forces Sea Sailor of the Year
Awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five).
Operations Specialist First Class (Surface Warfare)
USN-2009 U.S. Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year
Awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (two awards), and various service and campaign awards.
Shalanda L. Brewer
Hospital Corpsman First Class (Seabee Combat Warfare)
USN-2009 Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year
Awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Army Achievement Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards).
Cassandra L. Foote
Cryptologic Technician (Technical) First Class (Surface Warfare/Aviation Warfare)
USN-2009 CNO Shore Sailor of the Year
Awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.
Here is a list of many more firsts for women in the military.