Originally Published: January 25, 2014 6 a.m.
A sailor assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Master-at-Arms 1st Class Nicholas Fessler, has been selected as a finalist for Surface Forces, Pacific (SURFPAC) Sailor of the Year.
Fessler, a native of Prescott Valley, Ariz., was one of four sailors nominated for the award in a message issued by Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Pacific, Jan. 14, 2014.
Fessler attributes his nomination to the positive influence he received as a young sailor.
Fessler and the other three finalists will attend a week of special activities and interviews in San Diego, Calif., from Feb. 9 until Feb. 14. The winner will be announced during a banquet on the final day.
Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group.