At our last meeting we honored the four SOQs from Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach and Naval Munitions Command. Only three could be present. The Senior SOQ from NMC, MN1(SCW) Mark Yancy, was on duty that day and could not attend. The program was run splendidly by MAC(SW) Ronnie Ray (HOU LCPO, Command CMEO, and Command CACO Coordinator) who stood in for CMDCM(AW) Jeff Reeder, the base Command Master Chief, who had other Navy duties to perform. Also present was the Executive Officer of NWSSB, CDR Erik Franzen. As always, gifts from local restaurants were given to the sailors plus a recognition certificate from Gramps and a plaque from USAA. Thank you to Crab Cooker, Beachwood BBQ, O’Malley’s on Main, The Hangout, Yucatan Grill, Athens West, and Hennessey’s Tavern for helping reward the performances of these outstanding sailors. An excellent job was performed by MAC Ray and congratulations to the SOQs.
We have changed things a bit relative to the SOQ Awards Program. We will continue to honor the SOQs at our luncheons in February, May, August and November. Because the Weapons Station has gotten back on schedule relative to selection of the Sailors of the Year, we will have a separate program to honor the SOYs at the December meetings. Please try your best to make that meeting so that we have a larger than normal crowd to participate in the relatively short awards program.