DVIDS – News – Naval Base Guam sailor named Regional Sailor of the Year

NAVAL BASE GUAM (May 3, 2022) – Commander Joint Marianas Region (CJRM) announced Coxswain 1st Class Jimi Lee Bilon, assigned to Naval Base Guam (NBG) Navy Security Forces (NSF ), as the region’s sailor of the year.

Bilon competed against another Sailor and will represent the Joint Marianas Region for Commander Naval Installations Command (CNIC) Sailor of the Year.

“I would like to congratulate MA1 Bilon on his selection,” said NBG Commanding Officer Captain Michael Luckett. “MA1 is a high caliber sailor who has had a tremendous impact on NBG’s mission and on the Navy. This achievement is a testament to his hard work and truly reflects his commitment to our country. »

Bilon is from Dededo, Guam and graduated in 2004 from Simon Sanchez High School. The husband and father of four, joined the US Navy a year after graduating from high school.

“I am grateful that the sacrifices my family had to endure to bring me here have been recognized,” Bilon said. “This achievement would not have been possible without the support of my family, my leadership and the hard work of my junior sailors.”

Bilon was inspired to join the military after hearing his grandmother’s war stories and feels like he’s come full circle serving in NBG. The NBG facility sits on what was once known as Sumay Village. Affectionately called the Pearl of Guam, it was a thriving coastal city and a hub of commerce. On December 8, 1941, bombs dropped by Japanese aircraft forced the residents of Sumay to flee the village. Those who remained would be evacuated by Japanese soldiers and there would be little left of the village.

“My grandmother was a child during the Japanese occupation and said how happy she was when the navy and marines liberated the island,” Bilon said. “Serving is my way of giving back and my gratitude for saving her and our family. Part of me represents her, so I always make sure to work hard and do my best…Guamanians are patriotic and c t is an honor to serve and represent the Island.

This year, the CNIC-wide competition includes 76 facilities, nine regions and eight other sailors.

“MA1 Bilon definitely deserves this selection,” said NBG NSF Senior Enlisted Advisor Travis Wharton. “He has a difficult job but he is a real professional who succeeds on a daily basis. Most importantly, his sailors under him are high performing and motivated – this is an example of his leadership.
Prior to his selection, Bilon was named NBG Senior of Sailor of the Quarter for the 3rd quarter of fiscal year 2020 and was later recognized as NBG Sailor of the Year in December 2021. In addition to his day-to-day duties as Master of weapons, he is also the Chief of Physical Fitness for the NBG Deputy Command.
“MA1 Bilon is a fantastic sailor who has a passion for his job and a heart for his sailors,” said NBG Safety Officer Lt. Eliot Fiaschi. “His positive attitude and care for his team is a tremendous combination that every leader should strive to emulate. I am truly blessed and extremely proud to have such an amazing person on my team…He will be boarding against the best of the best the Navy has to offer – it’s tough competition, but I think MA1 will be our CNIC Sailor of the Year!”
Bilon said he takes pride in being a “fleet keeper” and attributes his success to staying focused on his goals and upholding his core values.

“During difficult tasks, I remind myself that I am resilient and that I have to be the example for my peers and junior sailors,” said Bilon. “I encourage fellow sailors to set goals and seek out mentors who will challenge you, always maintain a willingness to learn, and most importantly, inspire and lead others to do the same.”







Date taken: 05.02.2022
Date posted: 05.02.2022 20:09
Story ID: 419795
Location: GUAM, GU





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