Chief Yeoman (SW/AW) Antonio Franklin spent 2011 in Washington, D.C., where he served as secretariat leading chief petty officer for the deputy chief of naval operations for manpower, personnel, training and education.
Franklin is a “deck-plate superstar” who “leads, mentors, challenges, counsels and delivers results,” reads a nomination letter — one of several touting the chief yeoman’s leadership skills.
Another nominator wrote that “the dozen, hand-picked petty officers that he led daily are future [chief petty officers] thanks to this inspiring leader.” While in D.C., Franklin served as president of the Pentagon Area Chief Petty Officer’s Association.
He benefitted his community by coaching a youth baseball team and serving as a Big Brother for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He also fed homeless vets at Washington’s Christ House.
To wrap up 2011, Franklin graduated from the Senior Enlisted Academy. He kicked off 2012 by moving to a new assignment as a personnel officer for Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain, and he is set to be commissioned as a warrant officer in October.
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class (SCW) Angelina Colon-Franceschi had a big year in 2011. She returned aboard the destroyer Mahan after a support role in Operation Unified Protector, the NATO support mission in Libya. She also earned a promotion to petty officer second class.
But it’s her off-duty efforts that have really made a difference. With help from her husband, Giovanni, she wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book titled “Mommy the Sailor,” which tells the story of a female sailor’s deployment through the voice of her children.
In 2011, she donated 100 copies of her book to child development centers in the Hampton Roads, Va., area. All sales from her book are being donated to nonprofit organizations, such as the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. Her commanding officer, Cmdr. Mark Nicholson, described Colon-Francheschi as a “good sailor who is involved in her community.” .
In other charity efforts, she raised nearly $1,100 |worth of new and used toys for homeless children, and |collected food for a food bank and clothes for the Salvation Army.