Flournoy named Senior Sailor of the Year
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Flournoy, a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, was selected as the Senior Sailor of the Year by Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (CNRMA) in Norfolk, Virginia. Flournoy is a 2002 Alexandria Senior High School graduate and has served in the Navy for 14 years.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected as Sailor of the Year,” said Flournoy. “It’s great to be recognized for your hard work and it’s also a great example to your junior Sailors to help them stay focused and keep pushing because anything you want to achieve is achievable through determination and hard work. I’m incredibly humbled and ready to help others reach their goals.”
The Senior Sailor of the Year (SSOY) award is part of a program established in the interest of recognizing superior performance of enlisted personnel with emphasis on outstanding achievements, exemplary personal conduct and military bearing, and demonstrated initiative in the performance of duty.
The SSOY award, in addition to recognizing outstanding performance, motivates personnel to strive for improvement in their assigned duties, military behavior, appearance, and leadership.
Flournoy serves as the Food Service Leading Petty Officer. He is responsible for receiving, stowage, and issuing of galley supplies, and ordering management and delivery of materials to nine regional galleys as well as support of two northern galleys. He manages an inventory valued at $1.5 million for nine shore galleys that guarantees seamless and uninterrupted high quality meals to Sailors and Marines.
Flournoy also serves as an assistant command fitness leader, command assessment team member, regional watch officer watchbill coordinator, and First Class Petty Officers Association president. Furthermore, he volunteers with the Newport News, Virginia, Crisis Management Center and Little Creek, Virginia, Elementary School.
“The Navy definitely develops disciplined and well-rounded individuals,” said Flournoy..” I joined when I was 18, on my own, and with no real sense of being and in no time I was functioning as if I had been living on my own for a long time. The responsibility and sense of pride and ownership that is instilled in you, stays with you and it shows in your job accomplishments, taking care of friends and family, and completing goals.”
“Congratulations to Petty Officer Flournoy for his selection as Senior Sailor of the Year,” said Rear Adm. Jack Scorby, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “With his history of sustained superior performance, command impact, mission contribution, dedication to self-improvement, and outstanding professionalism, Petty Officer Flournoy continues to represent the many highly dedicated professionals who ensure the success of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.”
CNRMA is regional coordinator for all shore-based naval personnel and shore activities in the mid-Atlantic region, encompassing 20 states, 14 installations, 50 naval operational support centers, and 168 special areas.
As the naval shore installation management headquarters for the mid-Atlantic region, CNRMA provides coordination of base operating support functions for operating forces throughout the region in support of the Fleet, Fighter, and Family.
“I thank my family for being very supportive over the years and creating the foundation that I was able to build upon when I entered the Navy; to my daughter for being brave and supporting me, and her patience and understanding through all the deployments – I’m incredibly grateful and I love you; and, to my fiancé for pushing me when I needed to be pushed and motivating me to exceed expectations,” said Flournoy. “I thank my Navy leadership and chain of command for having faith in me, guiding and mentoring me, and chewing me out when I needed to be kept in line. Finally, I thank my junior Sailors for their followership and support. I am a product of those I lead and it’s been a great pleasure to serve with some incredible Sailors here.”