The Navy League will honor a sailor from the Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CVWP) as Enlisted Woman of the Year, according to a feature on the Navy website. Logistics Specialist 1st Class (AW) B. Chi Porter will be one of two selections who will be recognized during the 39th Annual San Diego Naval Services Enlisted Woman of the Year Awards Luncheon in San Diego.
Awardees are selected based on a command recommendation as well as an essay written by the nominee detailing “What the Service Means to Me.” Porter drew from her experiences while serving on various services on Individual Augmentee (IA) deployment for her essay; she had just returned from such a deployment in December of 2009.
Several officers shared their opinion of Porter in the feature, including Chief Logistics Specialist (SW) Val Finley, leading chief petty officer of the CVWP Aviation Support Division (ASD), who shared that Porter accomplished a lot during her deployment in Afghanistan and that she had displayed “her bravery and her courage” despite the fact that her deployment included dangerous territories.
Porter shared: “It was really an eye-opener; I was in a small forward-operating base in Afghanistan. I was a gunner; I was serving in an actual combat role so it was different… You learned what military really meant because you relied on each other… I think the military means a lot more to me now because I went out there. It’s more serious to me.”
Porter has also served as a senior section leader and command reserve coordinator, among other roles.