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Sailor Honored by The American Legion for Community Service


Navy Petty Officer Second Class Sha'Nae T. Wilson, an Information
Systems Technician serving with the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii received The American Legion's Spirit of Service
Award today in recognition of her extensive volunteer efforts.

American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan, the first female to
hold the position of National Commander in the Legion's 100 year
history, presented the award to Petty Officer Wilson along with Walter
Joseph Marm, Jr., Medal of Honor recipient, and retired Sergeant Major
of the Marine Corps Michael Barrett during The American Legion's 100th
National Convention in Minneapolis. Wilson was honored along with
representatives from four other armed services, and the National Guard
at the annual business gathering of the 2-million-member Legion, the
nation's largest veterans organization.

Her leadership describes her as someone who epitomizes "service before
self" and is a "true Navy ambassador who selflessly devotes her time to
the people in our community." Ms. Wilson's Navy achievements have earned
her the title of Junior Sailor of the Quarter on four occasions; she was
selected as the Junior Sailor of the Year for FY 2017 and she received
the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM).

IT2 (IW) Wilson has volunteered well over 400 hours in community
relations projects in 2017. She contributed 227 hours to the Hawaii
National Guard Youth Challenge Academy, providing counseling as well as
individual and group sessions for at risk youth. Other organizations
benefitting from her services are Ronald McDonald House, Ohana Koa, KCA
Preschool, Adopt-A-Highway, Honolulu Community Action Program and
Habitat for Humanity, just to name a few. She also championed
environmental stewardship through beach and highway clean-up and

Wilson said that much of her success can be attributed to the "many
dedicated leaders who took the time to mentor and groom her to become
the sailor I am today."

"Our nation is fortunate to have such dedicated servicemembers as
Sha'Nae T. Wilson," Rohan said. "For both her service to America and her
community, Petty Officer Wilson is a credit to her uniform and to our

This is the 19th year that The American Legion has sponsored the Spirit
of Service award program.

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