STONINGTON, Conn. – A selfless and motivated Sailor assigned to Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton onboard Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London was awarded Service Person of the Month (SPOM), May 20.
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Joshua Wilson received the SPOM award duirng a luncheon put on by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut (the Chamber) and the Rotary Club.
"Petty Officer Wilson is a great guy," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Matt Delucia, Wilson’s leading petty officer. "He’s always dedicating himself to the community around him. He is always there to help out the community and the Sailors. He has more than 30 Sailors underneath him and he is leading the charge. He’s in the trenches, so to speak. He’s very reliable and definitely the go-to guy at Medical homeport."
Following a delicious meal, representatives of the Chamber and the Rotary Club presented Wilson with a plaque, certificate and various gifts from members of the Chamber.
"HM2 Wilson is an exceptional Sailor and outstanding citizen with traditional values and morals," said Angie Clay, a representative of the Chamber. "As a Medical Homeport leading petty officer, HM2 guided 31 Sailors ensuring outstanding medical care was provided to 11,200 beneficiaries. Through his leadership, Sailors have earned four national achievements, seven letters of commendation and one meritorious achievement. HM2 Wilson has volunteered 157 hours to Forgotten Felines in Westbrook, which houses abandoned and stray cats throughout Connecticut communities. Because of his work, the shelter has been able to save 130 cats, ensuring immunization rate, in addition to neutering, feeding and finding good homes was top priority at the shelter."
After receiving his award, Wilson shared his appreciation for the honor.
"I would like to begin by thanking my wife and all four of my children for being there and dealing with all the time I spend away from home," said Wilson. "I would also like to thank Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity, and definitely my chain of command for putting this in. This is awesome! Probably one of the best things I’ve ever received, so thank you, everybody!"
SPOM is a year-long program that recognizes local military personnel who not only excel in their regular duties, but also go above and beyond through volunteer service to the community.