Legalman 1st Class Luisa Rosado De Los Santos – who currently serves as the Law Office Manager for the Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – was named the 2021 Joint Command Shore Sailor of the Year. The award was presented by her senior enlisted leader during a special ceremony at the Pentagon on March 1, 2022.
Rosado, a Navy JAG Corps member since 2015, previously was named Joint Staff Navy Element Sailor of the Year, as well. She now is in the running for Navy Shore Sailor of the Year, which will be announced in June. If selected, Rosado would meritoriously advance to chief petty officer.
“My biggest take away from this tour is that you can remain competitive without being in competition,” said Rosado. “When we maintain our authenticity and focus on the unique talents each person brings to the team, we all succeed. I hope to represent our community well at the next level of competition.”
Rosado earned the awards because of her superb work, outstanding leadership, and positive impact upon the Legal Counsel, the Joint Staff, and the Combatant Commands. She was selected from among 13 other Joint Command candidates, all with impressive performance and qualifications.
“The competition was extremely tough … We are proud that Petty Officer Rosado surpassed her peers with her outstanding professionalism, leadership and technical knowledge,” said Senior Chief Yeoman Coby Cleon Turner, the Navy element senior enlisted leader in the Office of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (OCJCS). “This is a significant milestone in a Sailor’s career! We are grateful for her exceptional dedication and hard work.”
Rosado was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and she immigrated to the U.S. at age six. She graduated from Hyde Park High School and then subsequently earned a biology degree at Boston University. Acting upon a lifelong interest in the military, she enlisted in the Navy in January 2013 as a Machinist Mate. She graduated at the top of her training class and was meritoriously advanced to a Third Class Petty Officer upon reporting to her first command, the USS George Washington (CVN 73), which was homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.
Shortly after arriving in Yokosuka, Rosado learned about the Legalman rating and decided to convert. She was accepted into the Legalman program, and, upon graduation, she received orders to the Region Legal Service Office in Manama, Bahrain. During her time there, she was selected as the Naval Legal Service Command Junior Sailor of the Quarter. She subsequently was assigned to OCJCS at the Pentagon.
Rosado said she would not have achieved so much during her tour without support and mentorship from her Chief of Staff, Mr. Paul Kiamos.
“He has taught me to make the success of those around me a priority no matter what,” Rosado said. “I also want to thank my mentors and LN leadership for helping me prepare for board after board.”