Nominees were selected by their
respective commands for exhibiting a balance in their military community, their work and home life
and for serving their local community. The selection process includes completing a detailed packet listing the spouse’s achievements and ends with a personal
essay on how they balance their
activities and life’s priorities.
“The entries we received were
overwhelming. Many of our spouses
serve multiple organizations, are
earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees, while some completed marathons and mud runs. It’s absolutely
amazing,” said then-Council President Jon Berg-Johnsen, who presented the awards.
Oak Harbor Council,
Rotary Club Host
The Oak Harbor, Wash., Council
and Rotary Club of Oak Harbor co-
hosted the 42nd annual awards
luncheon for the Naval Air Station
Whidbey Island (NASWI) Sailors
and Marine of the Year at the NASWI
Officer’s Club on Dec. 11.
The luncheon recognized the
winners, finalists, nominees and
families for their outstanding work
at their commands and in the local
“The ceremony went great,” said
NASWI Command Master Chief Patrick McCullough, according to the
Navy News Service. “As usual, the
Navy League and the Rotary Club of
Oak Harbor really put together a
great program recognizing the future
of the Navy and the Marine Corps.”
“Out of a 100-point system, we
were deciding on a one point difference between the winners and
non-winners,” McCullough said.
“If we could give it to every one of
them, we definitely would have
because that’s just how tight the
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class
Wayne Papalski took home the
Shore Sailor of the Year award for his
work at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor
Then-San Diego Council President Jon Berg-Johnsen, left, and Irma Belisario,
right, vice president and senior branch manager of North Island Credit Union’s
South Bay office, flank the 2015 San Diego Sea Service Coast Guard Spouse
of the Year Anyea Garrido, Marine Corps Spouse of the Year Amanda McMillan
and Navy Spouse of the Year Candace McVey Dec. 4 at the Town and
Country Resort & Convention Center.
Capt. Mike Nortier, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island,
speaks during the 42nd Annual Oak Harbor Navy League and Rotary Club
Awards luncheon Dec. 11.