Service Tech Jean Gonzales Receives Navy Honor

Jean Gonzales Receives Navy Honor
Jean Gonzales Receives Navy Honor

The US Navy named Quick Lane technician Jean Gonzales "Junior Sailor of the Year" for "Having exhibited outstanding performance of duty, leadership, military bearing and overall contribution to the efficiency, morale and well-being" of those around him.

Gonzales received the award from NAVOPSPTCEN (Navy Operational Support Center) of Norfolk, Virginia, where he's been a reserve member for six years.

"I’m at loss of words. It pretty much shows how much work I’ve put in and how I dedicate myself to my job," Gonzales said. "It's crazy that people noticed me out of the thousands who serve there. It's pretty insane. Something I did must have caught the captain’s eye and he picked me."

Gonzales learned of the commendation in December and received his award during a ceremony in January.

An employee of Priority Ford for six years, Gonzales recently transferred from the service department to our Quick Lane service center, which specializes in basic vehicle maintenance.

Gonzales spends his time in Norfolk Naval Station attached to Expeditionary Maintenance DET N in support of the USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) and USS Frank Cable (AS-40) in Guam as a member of the US Naval Reserve. He also reports to the MOMAU 6 Mine Warfare as his second command station in Naval Weapons Station, Join Base Charleston, South Carolina.

The 25-year-old said there's actually something in common when it comes to maintaining nuclear submarines and taking care of automobiles.

"The electrical system is the biggest thing," he said. “Keeping up with our maintenance in automobiles to keeping maintenance on our vessels, required in the Navy in order to maintain our ships and submarines sustainability and effectiveness; from monthly checks, to diagnostics and repairs.”

Congratulations, Jean.