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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060

Z-gram # 103 (Sailor of the Year Award), 1 January 1970

FROM: CNO
TO: NAVOP {Z-103}
UNCLAS //N01650//
010029Z JAN 72

SAILOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

1. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE GREATER RECOGNITION FOR OUTSTANDING PERSONNEL, PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS AND BELOW, I HAVE REQUESTED CINCPACFLT AND CINCLANTFLT TO INITIATE PROCEDURES FOR SELECTION OF A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE FORCES AFLOAT WITHIN THEIR COMMANDS WHO WILL BE RECOGNIZED AS SAILOR OF THE YEAR. MCPO THROUGH CPO RATES ARE NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS AWARD SINCE ATTAINMENT OF THESE RATES IS IN ITSELF RECOGNITION OF HIGH QUALITY.

2. THE SELECTEES WILL BE INVITED TO WASHINGTON, ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR WIVES IF MARRIED, WHERE THEY WILL RECEIVE APPROPRIATE RECOGNITION OF THEIR SELECTION. THEREAFTER THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO CHOOSE ANY LOCATION WITHIN CONUS FOR 5 DAYS R & R.

3. THE SELECTEES WILL RECEIVE A MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT TO THE NEXT HIGHER RATE AND, IF THEY DESIRE, BE ORDERED TO CINCPACFLT/CINCLANTFLT STAFFS FOR DUTY AS ASSISTANT TO THE MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER OF THE FLEET.

4. ALTHOUGH ONLY TWO INDIVIDUALS WILL FINALLY BE SELECTED, I BELIEVE THIS TO BE AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL HIGHLY VISIBLE RECOGNITION OF INDIVIDUALS AT EACH COMMAND WHO SYMBOLIZE THE PRIDE AND PROFESSIONALISM INHERENT IN THE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF MANY NAVY ENLISTED PERSONNEL. SPECIFIC GUIDANCE WILL BE PROMULGATED BY CINCPACFLT AND CINCLANTFLT.

E. R. ZUMWALT, JR., ADMIRAL, U. S. NAVY,
CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS

Note: The original unclassified message is entirely double-spaced with all letters capitalized.

Definitions of abbreviations:

CINCLANTFLT - Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet
CINCPACFLT - Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet
CNO - Chief of Naval Operations
CONUS - Continental United States
CPO - Chief Petty Officer
MCPO - Master Chief Petty Officer
R&R - Rest and Recuperation (or Rehabilitation, or Relaxation)



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