Carthage Native Selected as Naval Walter Reed Medical Center 2016 Sailor of the Year
Posted December 29, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Submitted by Ricky Burke, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) Navy Medicine East (NME) Portsmouth, held its annual regional Senior Sailor or the Year (SSOY), Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY), and Bluejacket of the Year (BJOY) ceremony in Portsmouth-Norfolk, Virginia.

Petty Officer First Class Sarah Pacquette, a Carthage, Texas native has been selected as 2016 Sailor of the Year for Walter Reed National Medical Center located in Bethesda, Maryland.

She is a 2001 Carthage High School Graduate in Carthage, Texas, and currently enrolled at the University of Maryland University College majoring in Psychology.

Pacquette, a Psychiatric Technician at Walter Reed, is responsible for overall administration support for all personnel serving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda.

“Receiving this this honor is a result of my leaders’ dedication, my peers support and the hard work of the junior personnel I work for every day,” said Pacquette. “My success is and always will be because of the collective efforts of the military members I serve with.”

Walter Reed Bethesda, commanded by Colonel Michael S. Heimall, is the flagship of the military healthcare system. The command was renamed in September 2011 from National Naval

Medical Center following a base realignment and closure. Walter Reed provides medical treatment services to active duty, their family members, wounded warriors and our nation’s leaders.

Twenty commands across NME’s eastern hemisphere — from Italy and Cuba to Texas and Key West, Florida — and its headquarters participated in the annual competition. It oversees the effectiveness and efficiency of the delivery of medical, dental, and other health care services to approximately 1 million patients across almost 100 facilities — including the Tidewater Enhanced Multi-Service Market, which brings together U.S. Air Force Hospital Langley and McDonald Army Hospitals.

NME’s Command Master Chief Petty Officer, Christopher Hill said, ”I want to congratulate our Sailors of the Year and all of the nominees. They represent Navy Medicine East’s finest Sailors. Their passion and dedication exemplify what’s needed to ensure Navy Medicine East continues to
provide the best care our nation can offer to Sailors, Marines, and their families to keep them healthy, ready, and on the job.”

Serving for 15 years in the Navy, Pacquette, is learning about being a more responsible leader, Sailor and person through handling numerous responsibilities.

“I’ve learned many skills from the Navy that I have applied to my daily life,” said Pacquette. “Many of the values and beliefs that the we hold dear in the Navy, are useful in civilian life and even with our own families. I would not be the proud person I am today without the Navy guiding the way.”

Pacquette’s father, Clayton Brian Gunter, and mother, Gwendolyn Marie Gunter, both live in Tenaha, Texas. Her spouse, Jenner Eych Pacquette, currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland.