2017 Sailor of the Year
Information Systems Technician 1st Class (IW/EXW) Justin Sullivan
Ten-year Navy veteran Information Systems Technician 1st Class (IW/EXW) Justin Sullivan served at the tip of the spear during his four-year tour assisting the Navy’s SEAL teams in Afghanistan. During two combat tours in 2012 and 2013 at remote operating bases in Afghanistan, Sullivan served as a radio operator and supported medical evacuations. His expertise was credited with saving the lives of two local Afghan soldiers. Earlier in his career, while stationed in Naples, Italy, Sullivan was awarded his first Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for volunteering over 1,400 hours coaching the Naples Tiger Sharks Swim Team. The amount of time he spends volunteering has only increased since then, and while stationed at Naval Special Warfare Group Two in Little Creek, Virginia, he was awarded another volunteer medal. At his current command, he’s spent nearly 380 hours volunteering as a teacher, mentor and safety observer with the Naval Sea Cadets Corps, a Navy-related organization that teaches teenagers, ages 13 to 17, about the Navy, leadership and community service. For his continued efforts in his community, Sullivan has garnered two President's Volunteer Service Awards — one bronze and one silver — and has been given the Navy League’s Outstanding Service Member Award. Sullivan is currently eligible for promotion to chief petty officer, and his records will be reviewed in July to see if he'll step into the chiefs mess. He’s also weighing the idea of becoming a limited duty officer and heading to the wardroom.