In case you missed it, this year’s recipient of the Delbert D. Black Leadership Award is Command Master Chief Samira McBride of USS Gonzalez (DDG-66). The U.S. Navy Memorial will present a special broadcast on Friday, December 18th at 1pm EST in her honor.
Here are 5 things you may not know about CMC Samira McBride or the award:
1. The award dates back to 2008 and was named for the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
2. CMC Samira McBride is orginally from Chad, Africa
3. She has 4 siblings, 3 who are currently in the service
4. She was also selected as the Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year in 2010 5. She has been critical to every success of USS Gonzalez
Here’s what the Commanding Officer of USS Gonzalez, Commander Ray Glenn, had to say about her work ethic; “She consistently proves herself to be the heartbeat of my command, a trusted advisor and advocate both up and down the chain of command and has a positive daily impact on my crew.”
Register at the Navy Memorial now to help us Honor, Recognize, and Celebrate CMC Samira McBride this Friday at 1pm EST.