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Brooklyn native earns Senior Sailor of the Year serving aboard USS Harry S. Truman

February 18, 2016 Special from the Navy Office of Community Outreach
Petty Officer 1st Class Tinisha K. Franklin. Photo courtesy of Navy Office of Community Outreach
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Petty Officer 1st Class Tinisha K. Franklin from Brooklyn, serving aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), earned Senior Sailor of the Year for 2015.

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.

“This honor is a result of the hard work of those I work with — the Junior Sailors dedication for the many challenges we faced and the milestones we achieved together, the support of my peers who gave advice and support along the way and the mentorship from my leaders who continuously challenge me while providing the guidance crucial to the development of my leadership,” said Franklin. “Most importantly, my family, who without their support, none of this could be possible. My daughter, Maya, who sacrifices the most, this honor is a testimony to her that hard work will not go unnoticed, and dedication and drive will pave the way toward success.”

As an aviation boatswains mate (equipment), Franklin is responsible for operating, maintaining and performing maintenance on steam catapults, barricades, arresting gear and associated equipment.

“Working as an aviation boatswains mate, performing maintenance, seeing aircraft launch and recover on the flight deck and being a part of the success has given me a strong sense of pride,” said Franklin.

Franklin, a 1999 graduate of Tap Center One High School, has served in the Navy for 12 years.

“Having the support of my leaders and the various mentors along the way to encourage me and keep me grounded has inspired me to continue to strive for excellence in all that I do,” said Franklin. “Personally, I have been able to explore the world, experiencing different cultures while on deployments to various countries. Serving in the Navy keeps me humble since the success I have experienced has been from the many hands of all who have guided, directed and provided me support, both professionally and personally.”

“Petty Officer Franklin’s nomination is due to her record of sustained superior performance, tremendous versatility and exuberant dedication,” said Capt. R. B. Scholl, commanding officer of USS Harry S. Truman. “Seldom have I seen a First Class Petty Officer that possesses the skill set and work ethic commonly displayed in only the most seasoned Chief Petty Officers — Franklin is that sailor! As the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Quality Assurance inspector, she diligently supervised 45 junior sailors in the maintenance, management and operation of five arresting gear engines, and various support equipment during the FY15 Carrier Incremental Availability. She has earned my strongest recommendation for selection as the 2015 USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) Sailor of the Year.”

Homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, USS Harry S. Truman is currently deployed in the Arabian Gulf. Truman is responsible for executing strategic policy. Truman and Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) conduct flight operations to support this primary mission area.

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