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Sailors of the Quarter selected

By Sgt. Phuong Chau | | May 1, 2003

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Three Sailors were recently recognized as Sailors of the Quarter among their respective peers at the Naval Branch Medical Clinic.

Each Sailor competed within their rank category, E-1 to E-3, E-4 to E-5 and E-6 and above.

Seamen David Carabillo, a Gulf Breeze, Fla., native and corpsman here, was chosen as the Sailor of the Quarter in the E-1 to E-3 category. This was the first time he was recognized in this manner, he said.

"It feels good to be recognized and to be able to represent my clinic," said Carabillo.
Carabillo attributes his accomplishments to his personal drive and desire to go above and beyond what he does everyday.

Carabillo enlisted in November 2001 because of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and wanted to be a part of the Navy. Now, Carabillo works to take care of Marines assisting doctors. He is currently attending college with the goal of becoming a civilian physician assistant.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Felisa Jackson, a Columbus, Ga., native was selected as the Sailor of the Quarter in the E-4 to E-5 category.

Jackson enlisted in the Navy in 1995, searching for independence, she said.

"I have a stable job and I'm not dependent on my parents anymore," said Jackson.
Jackson now manages four corpsmen, ensuring that Clinic operations are taken care of. She also assists the Navy's physical training program helping all Sailors maintain the Navy's standard of physical fitness.

This was not the first time Jackson was recognized among her peers. Jackson was also previously recognized as the Junior Sailor of the Quarter but feels that both honors are equally significant.

"This honor means that you stood out among your peers and that the senior enlisted sailors feel you are deserving, which is a great feeling," said Jackson.

Jackson said she wants to become a women's nurse practitioner after her time in the Navy but is currently taking things one day at a time.

Petty Officer 1st Class Bobby Pilgrim, a native of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, was selected as the Sailor of the Quarter for the E-6 and above category.

Pilgrim, a 13-year Navy veteran, said this was his first time being selected for this honor.

"It feels nice to be recognized for your work and job performance," said Pilgrim.
Pilgrim currently serves as the leading petty officer of the business department at the clinic. He ensures that Sailors are deployable and up-to-date on their operational requirements.

Even though Pilgrim has many responsibilities at the clinic, he hasn't forgotten the reason he enlisted. Pilgrim was searching for direction and he found it with the Navy.

Now, many junior Sailors look up to Pilgrim.

"I just want to lead by example and provide good leadership," said Pilgrim, hoping to bring positive qualities to another career.
Pilgrim wants to become a teacher once his Navy career finishes. He would like to become a history teacher one day, he said.
With the Sailors of the Quarter recognition fresh in their minds, they may find comfort knowing that it is just another career step.

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