Petty Officer First Class Rodney Scheppler was named Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Sailor of the Year for 2017. He works as a career counselor and also volunteers with the North Whidbey Soccer Club. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Petty Officer First Class Rodney Scheppler was named Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Sailor of the Year for 2017. He works as a career counselor and also volunteers with the North Whidbey Soccer Club. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

NAS Whidbey Island names Sailor of the Year

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island has named its Petty Officer First Class Sailor of the Year for 2017.

Rodney B. Scheppler, a Navy career counselor, was announced as the top petty officer first class for the base.

Command Master Chief Shane Cardon said the award is recognition for not only what Scheppler does at the base, but also his work in the community.

As a career counselor, Scheppler provides information to sailors that is intended to help them make their best career decisions, said Cardon.

In his position, Scheppler won the Retention Excellence Award three times in a row. He also helps individuals who wish to separate from the Navy and transition back to civilian life.

Scheppler, stationed at NAS Whidbey for just over three years, serves as president of the First Class Petty Officer Association.

“I like helping sailors,” he said. He enjoys helping young sailors who don’t know much about the Navy progress and become successful, he said.

In the community, Scheppler serves on the board of the directors of the North Whidbey Soccer Club.

Scheppler said he grew up playing soccer and he wants to be able to share the sport with the Oak Harbor community.

“I love what the game teaches,” he said. “So I love to influence the youth in Oak Harbor here to give them an activity, to show them a great game that I love.”

Every year, chiefs offer their candidates for the award, and the best candidates go forward.

The commanding officer has the final say in who is chosen. Cardon said the award is meant to recognize well-rounded individuals who both excel at their jobs and in community service.

Scheppler said he was surprised to receive the honor, and although hesitant to talk about himself or his accomplishments, he said it was an honor to be recognized.

“It means a lot just to be recognized, even to be nominated for Sailor of the year,” Scheppler said of winning.

“I mean, there’s a bunch of well-deserving people, so even to be nominated with those people is great, and winning it is just a bonus.”

More in News

Way of the Whales workshop Saturday

Whale enthusiasts are invited to the all-day workshop Ways of Whales from… Continue reading

Growlers movie premieres Jan. 18 at Nordic Lodge

Coupeville Community Allies is presenting the premiere of a film Thursday that… Continue reading

Broad View Elementary School Literacy Night a fairy tale success

Knights, dragons and fairies roamed the halls of Broad View Elementary School… Continue reading

Dave the Barber is back from brain surgery

Oak Harbor Midway Barber Shop celebrating milestones this year

Port commissioners dismissed from lawsuit

Two Port of Coupeville commissioners won’t be individually liable in a lawsuit… Continue reading

Navy will put filter in Coupeville’s water system

The Navy has agreed to install a filtering system in the Town… Continue reading

County looking for public input on Freeland code

Island County Planning and Community Development is looking for more feedback on… Continue reading

Island County Housing Authority sees increase in federal grant

The Housing Authority of Island County in Coupeville recently received a $51,269… Continue reading

Camano murderer receives 18-year sentence

Though he pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to prison Friday,… Continue reading

Most Read