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CNIC Names 2019 Sailor of the Year



WASHINGTON – A Brooklyn native currently assigned to Naval Security Force Bahrain was selected as the 2019 Shore Enterprise Sailor of the Year during a ceremony held at Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) headquarters at the historic Washington Navy Yard, Feb. 6.


Master-at-Arms 1st Class Yanitsa Wiley was selected from among 70 other installation Sailor of the Year recipients to earn the prestigious award.


“Breath taking. It’s absolutely an honor,” said Wiley, who will go on to represent CNIC for the Navy-wide Sailor of the Year award.

Wiley, representing Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, was among the three finalists who went before the CNIC Sailor of the Year board conducted by a panel of senior enlisted leaders.


Each Sailor was invited to tour the National Capital Region and competed in a final board. They were evaluated on job performance, contributions to command climate, peer group involvement, educational accomplishments, physical fitness standards and participation in community service activities.


“These Sailors are truly impressive,” said Vice Adm. Mary Jackson, commander of Navy Installations Command. “They competed at the base level, at the region level and now here at CNIC. The hardest part of this process is that you have to pick one, because if I could, I would pick all three. Congratulations to our Sailors. I am very proud of each of you.”


Wiley has served in the Navy for more than 10 years, starting her naval career in the Reserves.

She transitioned to active duty in 2014.

“I met nine incredible Sailors at region,” said Wiley. “They all deserve the chance to be here and my peers that were here throughout this week at CNIC were incredible as well.”


After the ceremony, Wiley spoke of her approach to her leadership. “I’m the first person in and the last person out every day,” she said. “But my junior Sailors make it worth it.”

Her personal awards include three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and numerous unit and campaign awards. 

The other two candidates who competed for the CNIC award were Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Michael J. Hein, from Austin, Texas, who is serving at Naval Air Station Whiting Field Milton, Fla., and represented Navy Region Southeast and Master-at-Arms 1st Class Matthew J. Thurston, from Summitville, Ind., who is serving at Naval Station Great Lakes, and represented Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.


During the ceremony, Hein and Thurston were each presented with the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal by Jackson.


Under the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Installations Command is responsible for providing support services for the fleet, fighter and family with more than 52,000 military and civilian personnel under 10 regions and 71 installations worldwide. 

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