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Navy Honors White Plains Native Kyla Richardson As Senior Sailor Of Year

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Kyla Richardson of White Plains was recently named the Naval Service Training Command Senior Sailor of the Year.

Richardson, a native of White Plains, and a recruit division commander at Recruit Training Command, participated in a rigorous evaluation process that took into consideration professional knowledge, military bearing, teamwork, education and professional development, and oral presentation when they are interviewed by a selection board.

"Excellence should be recognized at all levels," said RTC Command Master Chief Shawn Isbell. "The Sailor of the Year program gives the command the opportunity to shine a spotlight on outstanding performances. By recognizing hard work and dedication, Sailors are given an example to emulate. Each award (SOY) winner represents the standard at RTC. Although recognized as the top performers, the competition is tight at RTC. I would like to think that they are the standard and not the exception."

Richardson said she was grateful to be named NSTC's Senior SOY recipient.

"This is a humbling experience, and I want to thank God for this opportunity and for allowing me to get this far with my peers. I want to thank my peers, my chain of command and everyone I work with and work for," said Richardson. "Being at RTC is a wonderful opportunity to help lead the future of the Navy. When you first get here, it may seem difficult, but once you see your recruits graduate across that deck, that's when you realize how great of an experience you can have here."

RTC is manned by hand-selected, highly skilled sailors from the fleet to train the Navy's future sailors. NSTC, commanded by Rear Admiral Stephen C. Evans, oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy, as well as the Navy's Citizenship Development program.

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