At the regular May meeting of the Grandpaw Pettibone Squadron the first order of business was to honor the Sailors of the Quarter. They had been selected by the Naval Weapons Station at Seal Beach, CA.
Those selected by the base were presented with certificates from Grampaw Pettibone Squadron along with gift certificates from local businesses. The sailors were introduced by the Base XO, Commander Erik Franzen USN, and the certificates were presented by the Base Commander, Captain Noel “Tink” Dahlke USN. The Senior Sailor of the Quarter was MA1 Frederick Joshua from Baltimore, MD; the Junior Sailor of the Quarter was BM2 Torion Smith from New York, NY; and the Blue Jacket of the Quarter was MA3 Patrick Gannon from Huntington Beach, CA.
The Navy Munitions Command CONUS West Division (at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station) selected their Senior Sailor of the Quarter to be MN1(SW) Rey Collazoluciano. He was not present because of his reassignment to San Diego. The Junior Sailor of the Quarter was YN2(SW/AW) Joseph Williams from Compton, CA.
We were also blessed to have the wife and very young daughter of MA1 Joshua to be our guests for this day: Mrs. Asami Joshua and daughter Zariah Joshua Local restaurants honored the Sailors with gift certificates. We are grateful to have the assistance of these restaurants on Main Street, Seal Beach: Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant, Beachwood BBQ, Bistro St. Germain, and Seaside Grill. On PCH in Seal Beach are: Coach’s Sports Grill, Finbar’s Italian Restaurant, Glory Days Grill, and Yucatan Grill. On PCH, in Long Beach is MIMI’s, and in Newport Beach is The Crab Cooker. The support of these restaurants is vital to the success of our honoring the Sailors of the Quarter. Also, USAA provides attractive commemorative coins for each SOQ.