A surprise brightens a sailor's day

Life aboard the USS Ronald Reagan

Sometimes at sea, the routine can be quite monotonous—we call it the “Groundhog Day” effect. Other days, you get some surprises, which can be good or bad. Today I got a good one.

I had afternoon shift, which is where I come in at noon and work for the rest of the day. There was a lot to do today; I had to get my paperwork complete for the supplies we need for the division and I had to get a uniform ready for a meeting I was told about yesterday.

While I was getting my uniform ready, I got a call saying I had to be on the bridge in five minutes. The bridge is a sacred place on the ship; it is one of the highest points on the ship, high above the flight deck. The Captain sits up there and supervises our flight operations.

When I got up there, I found out that I was selected as the Sailor of the Day. The Sailor of the Day is where they pick one person in the crew who performs above and beyond what is asked of them and they recognize all of their hard work. It’s a great honor because the selection process starts with your chain of command and the people you work with everyday. It felt good to know that everything I have done while I have been not only on this deployment but while I have been at this command did not go unnoticed.

I got a liberty pass, a commanding officer’s coin, and the Captain sent a letter to my parents. But best of all, he let me sit at his desk and use his phone. Hearing my fiancée’s voice was the perfect cap to a great day at sea!

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