Sailor at Arizona Detachment is Operation Makeover honoree

Photo courtesy of Arizona Memorial
Logistics Specialist Seaman Andrea Gonzales receives a lei from Carol Wear, outreach director at Armed Services YMCA during an Aug. 28 ceremony celebrating Gonzales as the latest Operation Makeover honoree.

Brandon Bosworth
Contributing Writer

Logistics Specialist Seaman Andrea Gonzales received a big surprise when she came back from leave and returned to her command at the USS Arizona Memorial Detachment at Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. She is the latest person to be honored for Operation Makeover.

“I had no idea I had even been nominated until I came back from leave,” she said. “I just found out about it last week.”

This is Gonzales’s second big honor this year. In April, she was awarded Blue Jacket of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2012. The Blue Jacket award recognizes outstanding Sailors. A Blue Jacket of the Year is named annually.

Gonzales was nominated for Operation Makeover by her lead chief petty officer, Boatswain’s Mate Chief Maricel Julian. Julian thought Gonzales was a natural choice for this honor.

“I nominated her because of her work ethic and because of all she’s done for us over the last few months,” said Julian.

“She is an outstanding Sailor who gets the job done. We depend on her a lot, especially for someone so junior,” he said.

Operation Makeover was launched by Paul Brown of Hawaii’s Paul Brown Salons in appreciation of the sacrifices made daily by military members and their families. Winners receive a personalized hair and body makeover as well as dinner for two at Roy’s and a two-night hotel stay at the Waikiki Marriott.

Gonzales isn’t sure when she is going to take the time to enjoy her prizes. “I just got my hair cut so I might wait a few months to do the make-over,” she said. Accord-ing to Gonzales, the two-night hotel stay can wait until a special occasion. As for the dinner for two, she said, “I might do that one soon.”

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