Sailor of the Year

On Thursday morning by dad drove two hours from Ohio to pick me up so we could drive to Chicago to go to my sister’s Sailor of the Year dinner at Great Lakes Naval Base. She was nominated for Sailor of the Year for the Navy’s Midwest Region. Unfortunately, their was a horrific snowstorm in Chicago so many people couldn’t attend. What should have taken us 3.5 hours to drive took us 5.5 hours. It was a long day but worth it in the end. SHE WON. You are looking at the Midwest Sailor of the Year.

I can’t tell you how proud of I am of her. When she entered the Navy in 2002 she was directionless and it was her last ditch to find herself. In the last 6 years she has made a total transformation. When she went to boot camp at that base 6 years ago none of us ever imagined this moment.

She has blown us away with her dedication, drive, and commitment. The Navy brought out those qualities we always knew existed. There has been some huge trials along the way. And at times she has wanted to quit but she keeps “keepin on.”

This is a HUGE honor for one to get in the Navy. She got quite the booty of gifts (bronze Navy statue, moola, basket of goodies, some more pins for her uniform, and bragging rights with her family 🙂 When they announced her name we all cheered and I got teary-eyed. It was a big moment. Someone asked her if I was her mom. She loved that and will never let me live that one down. Just for the record, she is 3 years younger.

It then took us 5.5 hours to get home. We left at 12:30 and got home at 3:15 A.M. Then my poor dad turned around to drive home at 7AM. But it was worth it.

Way to go Melanie. We are all so proud of you!