Alvarez Named NHCC Blue Jacket of the Year

Sacramento Region, CA  |  By Kris Patterson, NHCC Public Affairs Officer
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Sacramento native, Navy Seaman Valery Maritza Alvarez, a general duty hospital corpsman, was named the 2017 Blue Jacket of the Year for Naval Health Clinic Charleston, located at Joint Base Charleston- Naval Weapons Station, in Goose Creek, South Carolina. (Navy photo by Joe Bullinger)
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Sacramento native, Navy Seaman Valery Maritza Alvarez, a general duty hospital corpsman, receives a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal from Naval Health Clinic Charleston Executive Officer Capt. Kathleen Hinz Dec. 1 at NHCC, located at Joint Base Charleston – Naval Weapons Station, South Carolina. The 2013 Florin High School graduate was named NHCC’s 2017 Blue Jacket of the Year. (Navy photo by Kris Patterson)

GOOSE CREEK, SC (MPG) -  A Sacramento native was recently named one of Naval Health Clinic Charleston’s top enlisted Sailors.

Navy Seaman Valery Maritza Alvarez, a 2013 graduate of Florin High School, was named the 2017 Bluejacket of the Year for NHCC, located at Joint Base Charleston - Naval Weapons Station, South Carolina, where she has been stationed since November 2015.

Alvarez, a general duty hospital corpsman, said she was ecstatic when she found out she had been selected for the coveted award.

"Being named Blue Jacket of the Year means that all my hard work has paid off,” Alvarez said. "Everything I partake in, I do it because I enjoy it. I don’t do anything for the recognition, but it is nice to know my efforts don’t go unnoticed.”

The Navy's Sailor of the Year program was established in 1972 to recognize enlisted Sailors for their outstanding achievements, exemplary conduct and military bearing, as well as demonstrated initiative in job performance. Each year, NHCC selects one Bluejacket of the Year that represents what enlisted Sailors should strive to emulate.

NHCC Commanding Officer Capt. Dale Barrette said he is honored to have a Sailor such as Alvarez serving under his command.

“She’s a stellar Sailor, disciplined and always striving for success,” Barrette said.  “I’m proud of her accomplishments and wish her the best as she progresses in her career.”

NHCC Command Master Chief HMCM Anthony Petrone said he has been most impressed by Alvarez’s level of professionalism.

“Alvarez has demonstrated exceptional reliability, quality of work, initiative, and attention to detail,” Petrone said.  “Her constant drive to always improve makes her an exceptional person and an extraordinary member of the Navy.”

Alvarez provides medical support in NHCC’s largest department, Medical Homeport -- a team of physicians, nurses, medical assistants and support staff who provide patient-centered, comprehensive care and preventive medical services for service members, their family members and veterans. She also serves as an assistant command fitness leader, and as a member of the command’s color guard team, quick reaction force, multicultural committee, Corpsman Ball committee, and the command activities committee.

Alvarez had already completed two years of advanced education at Sacramento City College before joining the Navy in June 2015. She said she hopes to continue her education by earning a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science and participating in the Navy’s Physical Therapy Technician Program at San Antonio, Texas.

Naval Health Clinic Charleston is located in the 188,000 square foot John G. Feder Joint Ambulatory Care Clinic located on the Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station, Goose Creek, South Carolina. NHCC provides a wide range of services including a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certified Medical Home Port program for Family Practice, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine patients; dermatology; ophthalmology; ambulatory non-interventional cardiology; physical therapy; optometry; and a wide variety of wellness programs for more than 17,000 service members, family members and veterans, annually. For more information,