USFF Announces 2012 SOY

first_img Authorities March 29, 2013 View post tag: Defence The commander of U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) Command announced the 2012 USFF Fleet Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a ceremony hosted by the Hampton Roads Navy League at the Sheraton Waterside in Norfolk, March 27.Adm. Bill Gortney announced Electronics Technician 1st Class Cheyenne N. Shasky, stationed aboard the aircraft carrier 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.“Today is a great day,” said Gortney. “Sherry (Mrs. Gortney) and I say every night that we had a ‘stay-in day’ or we had a ‘get-out day.’ Some days are harder than others, but what really makes my ‘stay-in day’ is when we get to do one of two things; promote somebody and when we get to recognize excellence. And today we get to do that. Today is a ‘stay-in day.’”He congratulated all 12 candidates for their outstanding performance and the support of their family and friends.“I’d like to walk some people in the audience through the magnitude of what these Sailors – these great examples of what’s right about the youth of America today – had to do to get here,” said Gortney. “For the Shore Sailor of the year within Fleet Forces Command, we have more than 19,000 Sailors and 70 commands, and these five Sailors are the professionals that have gone through the rigorous selection process to stand before you today.”“For the Sea Sailor of the Year, these are seven out of the 52,370 Sailors of Fleet Forces Command who represent 210 sea commands,” Gortney said. “They are here not for what they did this year, but what they have done for our Navy their entire careers.”The announcement came at the conclusion of two full days of activities designed to highlight the individual accomplishments of the 12 finalists. Social functions sponsored by local Hampton Roads military and civilian supporters led up to the final step of the SOY competition, an intense review board for each candidate to determine who would be chosen to represent USFF as the Fleet Sea and Shore SOYs.“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,” said Shasky, a native of Portland, Ore. “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.”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.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 29, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: SOY View post tag: Defense View post tag: USFF Back to overview,Home naval-today USFF Announces 2012 SOY View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Announces USFF Announces 2012 SOY View post tag: 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Super Funky Grateful Dead Cover From Last Night’s Conan

first_imgUnknown Mortal Orchestra kicked in a funky contribution to the massive 59-track Day of the Dead tribute to the Grateful Dead, treating listeners to an off-the-wall rendition of 1978 hit “Shakedown Street.” The album version of the interpretation goes heavy on the disco element, using funky guitar rhythms and synthesizers to bring a new life to the old classic.Last night, Unknown Mortal Orchestra joined a growing list of bands who have taken their Day of the Dead tribute to network television, including The National’s version of “Morning Dew” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (watch) and Courtney Barnett’s “New Speedway Boogie” on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (watch). The group played their “Shakedown” cover on the most recent episode of Conan.Check out the band’s funky “Shakedown Street” below!last_img

Private Queenslander with traditional features

first_imgThe home at 57 London Rd, Clayfield is new to the market.THIS updated character home is new to the market in Clayfield. Jan McMillan and her husband bought 57 London Rd three years ago after falling in love with the traditional features and the private block. “It was just what we wanted,” Mrs McMillan said. “The home is on a corner block, so there is one less neighbour, and it’s elevated.”The couple made a number of changes to the home, including opening up the living spaces and extending the kitchen. “I’m a country girl and I’ve only lived in places with big, open spaces inside. I don’t like pokey homes,” Mrs McMillan said. “So we took out the veranda at the back to double the size of the kitchen and put in a gas fireplace, powder room and shower along what was the veranda.”The kitchen is on the upper level of the home along with the open plan living and dining room, the media room and three bedrooms, with an ensuite to the larger bedroom. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Downstairs, there is under-house storage, a fourth bedroom, another bathroom and a living area. “I quite like the family room,” Mrs McMillan said.“It looks very nice and people who come over often say it has a lovely feel.“We also like to sit out on the front veranda in the afternoon.”Outside, the yard was also given a makeover. Mrs McMillan said the block was pretty much a blank canvas when they moved in. “We have a farm out west so I bought rocks in from there and I rocked in three garden areas and planted as much as I could,” she said. “Now there’s plenty of colour and creepers on the fence.” The property is being marketed by Chrese Morley from Harcourts Clayfield.last_img read more