Sailor from Saipan named Pac Fleet 2012 Sea Sailor of the Year
SANTA RITA, Guam (May 6, 2013) – Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) Joseph Santos, Marine Aircraft Group 24, was named U.S. Pacific Fleet’s 2012 Sailor of the Year during a ceremony held at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki April 12.
Santos competed amongst 10 petty officer first class finalists who were also recognized at the ceremony by Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Santos was born in Saipan and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School on Guam before joining the Navy. His awards include the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sharpshooter Rifle Medal, Sharpshooter Pistol medal and the Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist device.
Santos is also set to be meritoriously promoted to the rank of chief petty officer.
HM1 (FMF) Joseph C. Santos, MAG-24
Petty Officer Santos was born in Saipan, Common Wealth of the Northern Marianas on November 25, 1981. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Guam and reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. Upon completion of basic training, he reported to Naval Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes and graduated with distinction. Upon completion, he reported to Field Medical Service School (FMSS) at Camp Pendleton, CA for training.
Petty Officer Santos reported to 1st Marine Division, 2D Battalion, 4th Marines, stationed in Camp Pendleton, Ca. Assigned as a company Corpsman for Golf Company, he deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and was promoted to HM3. Upon return from deployment, he was selected as the Senior Line Corpsman for Golf Company and deployed with the 31st MEU.
In August 2003, Petty Officer Santos reported to Branch Medical Clinic, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In February 2004, he was augmented to deploy with the 1st Marine Division deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with 2D Battalion, 1st Marines, where he qualified as an Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist. Upon return he was promoted to HM2 and assigned as LPO, Consultative Services, Pediatrics, and Immunizations departments.
Assigned to Branch Medical Clinic Barstow, he was augmented in October 2007 to deploy with 1MARDIV, 29 Palms, 3D Battalion, 4th Marines in support of OIF. While deployed, he was advanced to HM1 and assigned as LPO for Haditha Dam Aid station. Upon returning from OIF he was assigned as LPO for Occupational Health department assisting with mass screenings of civilian employees to work onboard Marine Corps Logistics Base.
In March 2010, he reported to MAG-24 and was assigned as LPO for HMH-463 and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in February 2011. Upon returning from OEF, he was assigned as MAG-24 LPO where he currently serves.
Petty Officer Santos individual awards include the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal(2), Navy Achievement Medal(4);(1) Combat Distinguishing device), Navy Good Conduct Medal(4), Combat Action Ribbon, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sharpshooter Rifle Medal and Sharpshooter Pistol Medal.
He is married to Easton Messick and has a 10 year old daughter, Keana Nero.