Vergennes woman receives U.S. Navy honors

A Center for Information Dominance Pensacola Sailor was selected as the 2009 Chief of Naval Operations Shore Sailor of the Year last week.

CID instructor Cryptologic Technician Technical 1st Class (SW/AW) Cassandra Foote was recognized by CNO Adm. Gary Roughead in a Navy message.

"The competition was extremely keen and characterized the high caliber of Sailors serving ashore throughout the world," Roughead wrote. "Finalists represented their commands impressively and can be proud of their significant achievement."

Foote bested other candidates, including finalists Legalman 1st Class (SW/AW) Jessica H. Byard, from Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Machinist's Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Steven T. Roberson, from Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) Oluyinka O. Adefisan, from the office of the vice chief of naval operations.

"All the candidates I've met have been the best of the best," Foote said. "They are all really amazing Sailors."

CID leadership lauded Foote's selection.

"This is an incredible accomplishment," said CID Commanding Officer Capt. Gary Edwards, "and I am proud to have her on our team."

According to CID Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Christopher J. Thompson, Foote's recognition is one of the highlights of his career.

"Out of the 29 years I have served in the Navy, I've seen a lot of great things, but to see one of my Sailors at my command get selected as CNO Shore Sailor of the Year was the best day of my naval career," he said.

Foote was born and raised in Vergennes, a small, close-knit community where everyone knows one another.

"We are proud of her for sure," Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley said.

Retired Vergennes Union High School English Teacher Ann Sullivan fondly remembered Foote, whom she referred to as "Cassy" both around the community and as a student.

"I am just so thrilled," Sullivan said. "You just can't imagine."

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