Each year, Mount Vernon has the honor of welcoming the finalists for the U.S. Navy's Fleet Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year awards. Last Monday, the 2016 nominees and their families got a behind-the-scenes look of the home of the first commander in chief as part of a week-long visit to Washington D.C.

From left to right: Naval Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter 1st Class (NAC/AW/AW) Mark William Brown, Cryptologic Technician Technical 1st Class (NAC/IW/AW) Courtney Paige Evers, Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW/EXW) Amber Lee Wilson, Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class (SW) Brent Thomas SchermerhornCryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Courtney Evers, of Navy Information Operations Detachment Kaneohe Bay, was named the 2016 Sea Sailor of the Year and Personnel Specialist 1st Class Aliscia Malone, of U.S. Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, won Shore Sailor of the Year. 

The Sailor of the Year program began in 1972 to recognize excellence among the Sailors of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, but the program has since expanded to include shore duty and Navy Reserve Sailors.

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