50th Annual (IWVNL) Bluejacket Candidates Announced

50th Annual (IWVNL) Bluejacket Candidates AnnouncedNaval Air Weapons Station China Lake Public Affairs Officer Hanna Moore– The Indian Wells Valley Council of the Navy League (IWVNL) has named the finalists for its 50th Annual Bluejacket of the Year awards.

This year one Marine and seven Sailors serving aboard Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake selected as finalists. Those include: SSGT Forest Blair (VX-31), AM1(AW) McMillan (VX-9), AME1(AW) Ryan Norton (VX-9), AC1(AW/SW) Dwayne Williams (NAWSCL), AT2(AW) Theresa Buscaino (VX-9), HM2(AW) Quetzalli Huertazilli (BHC CL), ABE2(AW/SW) Janely Ocampocantu (NAWSCL), AM3(AW) Karrisa Wright (VX-9).

The Bluejacket Awards Ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. today, April 8, during a ceremony held on the front lawn of Headquarters Building, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. During the ceremony the IWV Navy League will honor the eight candidates and announce the selected Senior and Junior enlisted service members as Bluejacket of the Year.

Contributions and support from local businesses and private individuals fund this event. The IWV Navy League is a nonprofit organization that supports the U.S. Navy’s mission at China Lake. Awards in the past have included cash prizes for the recipients.

For more information on the IWV Navy League, please contact Bluejackets Chairman, at mcpo2k@gmail.com or 760-382-2560.

US Navy Photo: Front Row (L-R) Bluejacket Candidates: AM3(AW) Karrisa Wright (VX-9), HM2(AW) Quetzalli Huertazilli (BHC CL), AM1(AW) McMillan (VX-9), AC1(AW/SW) Dwayne Williams (NAWSCL), AME1(AW) Ryan Norton (VX-9), AT2(AW) Theresa Buscaino (VX-9), ABE2(AW/SW) Janely Ocampocantu (NAWSCL), SSGT Forest Blair (VX-31)(Not Pictured) Back Row (L-R) IWVNL Members & NAWS China Lake CMDCM: Shawn Percy (IWVNL Treasurer), Dan Thomas (IWVNL Bluejacket Chairman), CMDCM (AW) Jason Chadderton (NAWSCL), Patrick Blubaugh (IWVNL President)

Story First Published: 2022-04-08