CS3(SW) Magdalena Castenada Galley Watch Captain USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) 2008 SURFLANT Blue Jacket of the Year CS3 Meloiza Worsley Records Keeper/Training Petty Officer Assault Craft Unit TWO
SURFLANT 2008 Sailor of the Year CS1(SW/AW) Yates, MCFE, CHM, CPFM Leading Culinary Specialist USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44)
2008 SURFLANT Petty Officer of the Year CS3 Gregory Ryan S-2 Division Records Keeper/Cook on Watch USS Mahan (DDG 72)
The job was expeditiously completed with the assistance of civilian contractors and SURFLANT and AIRLANT military personnel (CDR Greg Hajzak) and civilian contractors (Will Walker, Dan Samuelson, Dionne Decker).
Much of the financial planning (with SURFLANT Comptroller CDR Jere Anderson and Luis Robayo) involved predicting the ship's needs in advance of knowing what the requirements would actually be.
Concurrent with ensuring sufficient funding, the division worked with SURFLANT personnel (Jaime Madrigal, Angel Rojas) to transfer Saipan's Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) hardware to SURFLANT in anticipation of transferring control of Saipan's financials to the type commander (TYCOM).