US Naval Hospital Guam Sailor awarded Service Member of the Year, United Service Organization

by HM2 Joseph Keith
U.S. Naval Hospital Guam PAO

AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam (May 23, 2018) — Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer Alec N. White, assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam, is awarded the 2018 United Service Organization’s (USO) Service Member of the Year award for his performance during his tenure with the command’s Critical Care Nursing (CCN) Department.

The USO Service Member of the Year award recognizes an enlisted member within the pay grades of E-5 or below from each branch of the military who represents the standards and values of their respective service, as demonstrated through specific acts of excellence and sustained superior performance. The period of service being recognized for the award is from January 1 through December 31, 2017.

USNH Guam’s triad, commanding officer, Capt. Dan Cornwell, executive officer Capt. Steven Kewish, and the Command Master Chief (CMC) Sergio Jardon visited White in his work space and caught him by surprise.

“They definitely caught me by surprise”, said White. “The CMC came up to me questioning me on my hair to see if I knew if it was within the appropriate parameters of uniform regulations, and of course with the triad standing in front of me, so even though I was certain I was within regulations, I couldn’t help but get nervous. Then thankfully, he informs me that he was just testing me and that they were there to congratulate me on winning the award.”

“It was surreal”, said White. “When my leadership informed me that I was being nominated and I was like ‘that’s great’, but I didn’t think for a second that I had any chance of winning. Luckily, my leadership and the USO thought otherwise.”

During his tenure with the CCN Department at USNH Guam, White dedicated over 720 hours to monitoring patients in critical care, while performing 114 necessary bedside intervention encounters in support of 268 beneficiaries and their family members. White also spent time as a supporting party to Naval Base Guam’s Auxiliary Security Force detachment, providing over 360 hours of security services to ensure the safety of 35 tenant commands in addition to his regularly assigned duties. He is a noted leader of fitness in his command, helping conduct the mandatory semi-annual Navy Physical Fitness Assessment event for 74 naval personnel as well as dedicating 6 hours per week to the command’s Fitness Enhancement Program, helping to earn an overall excellent 98% fitness pass rating.

In addition to stellar professional performance, White is also being acknowledged for dedicating several hours to the local community, sacrificing personal off duty time to assist local organizations such as the Guam Juvenile Drug Court, the Dededo Homeless Shelter ,the Guam Cycling Group during the 2017 Pulantat Loop Cycling Race, the Guam International Airport during its annual Airport Mass Casualty Drill, and the Guam Public Health Department during 2017’s “Chamorro Village for World AIDS Day”.

A native of Joplin, Missouri, White enlisted in the United States Navy in 2016 with the hopes of traveling the world and getting the opportunity to experience new things. He remarked that he spent his whole life “surrounded by land” and that he hoped through joining the Navy he would be provided the opportunity to “change things up a bit.” He is to be officially awarded by the USO during a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Guam Hotel on May 26, 2018.

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