By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs
ARABIAN GULF – Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman’s (CVN 75) Commanding Officer Capt. Ryan B. Scholl, announced Hospitalman Haley Lugiano as Truman’s Bluejacket of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2016, Feb. 29.
“It felt really great,” said Lugiano. “I work really hard and I am dedicated and passionate about my job, so it was really good to be recognized for going the extra mile.”
Lugiano has been in the Navy for two years, and assigned to Truman for the last year-and-a-half. She recently earned the career milestone qualification of Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.
Lugiano credits her achievement to departmental and command-level involvement, as well as her dedication to making herself, and those around her, better. She is involved with the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions, the Junior Enlisted Association, serves as the Female Wellness coordinator in the Medical department and is a member of the gospel choir.
“I thank my family for a lot of my success,” said Lugiano. “They instilled discipline and hard work into me. They taught me that if you want results you have to work hard for it, don’t expect anything to be given to you.”
Lugiano said earning Bluejacket of the Quarter is attributed to the support she receives from her chain of command.
“She’s an outstanding Sailor, and this award is definitely well deserved,” said Cmdr. Carlos Gomez-Sanchez, Truman’s senior medical officer, and Lugiano’s department head. “In the time she has been on-board, she has excelled at everything she does. She is very proactive, smart and eager to learn, she is doctor material.”
Lugiano said the patients she helps keep her motivated.
“I care a lot about people and their well-being,” said Lugiano. “What gives me joy is helping people and seeing them improve and get better.”
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Courtney Carr, Lugiano’s mentor, expressed her thoughts on her protégé winning this award.
“It makes me very proud,” said Carr. “She is an extremely hard worker. From the time she got here she amazed me with how organized and motivated she is toward achieving her goals. She even motivates me. I have nothing but high hopes for her and her career.”
Lugiano believes in perseverance and the importance of setting goals.
“Roll with the punches, don’t let things get you down,” said Lugiano. “Keep a positive mindset and don’t ever run out of goals, don’t ever stop trying to achieve something.”
Lugiano aspires to attend the Navy’s Nurse Corps Program and become an operating room nurse or a critical care nurse.