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NEWS | Feb. 15, 2022

Martinez Vazquez selected as NSWC PCD Junior Sailor of the Year 2021

By Shauna Love-vonKnoblauch | NSWC PCD Public Affairs

Hospital Corpsman Second Class (HM2) Luis Martinez Vazquez, assigned to Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), has been selected as the Junior Sailor of the Year 2021 for professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties.

Originally from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Martinez Vazquez enlisted in the US Navy in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2015 at the age of 21. The prospect of adventure, an exciting career, and the opportunity to continue his education drew him to where he is now--currently serving as the dive medical technician at NSWC PCD.

“Serving in the US Navy is serving my country. I love my country and I love doing my part,” Martinez Vazquez said. “I enjoy the atmosphere in the command and the type of work we do. We all get along and work well together. Everyone is willing to help out at all times and I learn so much every day, it is a good feeling.”

Capt. David Back, NSWC PCD commanding officer, explained how Martinez Vazquez displayed exceptional initiative and attention to detail while medically supporting NSWC PCD divers.

“Martinez Vazquez medically supported 410 hours of high risk SEAL delivery vehicle operations for 17 navy and civilian divers,” said Back. “Additionally, he oversaw several COVID-19 initiatives resulting in 426 vaccinations of active duty personnel, enhancing force health and mission readiness. His exceptional professionalism, dedication, and loyal devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself, maintaining the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

Martinez Vazquez is the only dive medical representative for the command, normally held by a much more senior Corpsman, and is extremely proud of this accomplishment. “It has been challenging, but also tremendously fulfilling,” said Martinez Vazquez. “I am honored to receive the Junior Sailor of the Year award.”