by Mr. Rick Burke, Navy Office of Community Outreach
(Plain Press, February 2016) Petty Officer 1st Class Jasmine Fletcher from Cleveland, Ohio, serving with Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic (CNAL), earned Senior Sailor of the Year for 2015. Fletcher is an alumni of Max Hayes High School on the Near West Side of Cleveland.
The Sailor of the Year Program recognizes superior performance of enlisted personnel emphasizing outstanding achievements, exemplary personal conduct and military bearing, and demonstrated initiative in the performance of duty. This program also motivates personnel to strive for improvement in their assigned duties and leadership.
“Receiving this honor means a lot to me because as a Sailor, it’s nothing like being at a command that recognizes not only the job you do, but the extra mile that you take for others,” said Fletcher.
As an Aviation Maintenance Administrator, Fletcher performs a variety of clerical, administrative, and managerial duties necessary to keep aircraft maintenance activities running efficiently. The rating requires close communication with all other aviation maintenance ratings.
“I am the Force Aviation Readiness Analysis Leading Petty Officer for my division,” said Fletcher. “I coordinate contractor personnel efforts in providing current Readiness Analysis data required by Commander, Naval Air Force Pacific and Atlantic readiness cells and upper echelon Flag Officers.”
Fletcher, a 2002 graduate of Max S. Hayes Vocational High School has earned her Associates Degree in General Studies from Central Texas College 2013 and currently enrolled at Saint Leo University (will be graduating in May with a Bachelor in Business Administration Management).
“Serving in the Navy has given me the guidance to succeed in life, not only professionally but as well as for my family,” said Fletcher. “It has given me the tools needed to be successful to the best of ability and I will always be thankful for that.”
Fletcher’s commanding officer said he’s proud of the hard work and dedication that Brown has exemplified and he definitely notices that it rubs off on the other Sailors within the command.
“She’s one of those Sailors that you know will excel no matter what position she’s filling,” said Fletcher’s leading chief petty officer, Jeremy A. Phillips. “I have every confidence in her abilities to keep our operations running smoothly. In addition to her primary duties, AZ1 Fletcher is a leader that takes a personal interest in the careers and lives of others. Although she isn’t directly in charge of any junior Sailors here in the command, they always seek her out for advice and guidance. I am looking forward to seeing her put on anchors in the near future. She is the kind of leader that will definitely be a great addition to the CPO Mess.”
Located in Virginia Beach, Va., CNAL is responsible for the material readiness, administration, training, and inspection of units/squadrons under their command, and for providing operationally ready air squadrons and aircraft carriers to the fleet.
“The task of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic’s Aviation Readiness Analysis division is to keep senior Navy and Marine Corps leadership, as well as Combatant Commanders, apprised of the current readiness posture of Naval Aviation Enterprise assets,” said Fletcher’s readiness analysis officer, Cmdr. Rob Palmore. “These assets include all aircraft carriers, aircraft-embarked amphibious ships, carrier air wings, and shore aviation facilities. AZ1 Fletcher is a key part of this team by tracking and providing timely analytical data on worldwide deployed aviation units.”
Her mother, Marsha Fletcher, and brother, Gary Fletcher, also reside in Cleveland.