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Vergennes woman receives U.S. Navy honors

Sullivan said she remembered seeing Foote nearly every day, because she and her husband would often eat breakfast at the diner that Foote's mother managed.

"Cassy was a good student because she worked really hard," Sullivan said. "She had a great work ethic that she learned from her mother"

Foote reported to Electronic Warfare "A" School at then-Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) Corry Station Corry Station (now CID Corry Station) in September 2001, following boot camp.

After "A" school, her first assignment was aboard USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81). In 2003, she reported to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

In August 2006 she reported to CID Detachment Corry Station as a shipboard ops instructor and battalion leading petty officer.

Foote, who qualified as a master training specialist in 2007, now instructs in the same building where she attended "A" School five years earlier.

"There's a lot of history in those walls," Foote said. "It's where cryptology was born and that's where it's always been."

During her time at CID, she also served for eight months in Qatar as an individual augmentee (IA) with various Army units.

Like so many times before in the Navy, Foote wondered what she had gotten herself into, but listened closely to her supervisors and did her best.

"I was a little nervous at first," Foote said. "It was definitely an eye-opener regarding how the different services work and how they work together. I really learned a lot about joint operations. It was really a satisfying duty."

Foote will travel to Washington, D.C., in July to be recognized for her selection as the CNO Shore Sailor of the Year. Recognition will include meritorious advancement to chief petty officer and awarding of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

"It's an honor to be chosen as Sailor of the Year," Foote said. "I'm representing my guys, my shop and my command. I wish they could be there with me [to represent CID]. One-hundred percent without a doubt I could never have made it without them."

Foote was honored by the people she has known her entire life, her friends, family and residents of Vergennes.

She was selected by the town to represent them as the grand marshall for the city's annual Memorial Day Parade.

Foote seems a bit overcome by all the fuss her friends, family and shipmates are making about her selection as the 2009 CNO Shore SOY.

"I don't cure cancer, I don't do anything amazing," Foote said. "I just come to work and do my job. What can I say? I love the Navy."

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