In the Service: O'Phelan named Enterprise Sailor of the Day

John A. O'Phelan, left, receives the congratulations of USS Enterprise Capt. Rice and sits in the captain's chair after being recognized as Sailor of the Day for averting a potentially dangerous fuel leak aboard the aircraft carrier. O'Phelan is the son of John and Randi O'Phelan of Ilwaco. U.S. NAVY photo

Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) 1st Class John A. O'Phelan of Electronic Attack Squadron 137 (VAQ-137) received Sailor of the Day aboard the USS Enterprise.

AME1 O'Phelan received his recognition for his efforts during a General Quarters drill. After finding an unmanned 1 1/2" hose unreeled, he actuated an AFFF station and, without direction, supervised a team in preventing the spread of a class bravo fuel fire. Personnel on the VAQ-137 were participating in Composite Task Unit Exercise, a month-long detachment including the entire battle group.

As part of his recognition, O'Phelan had the opportunity to sit in the captain's chair and meet the commanding officer of the Enterprise, Capt. Rice, who also presented O'Phelan with a commemorative coin. VAQ-137 is attached to Carrier Air Wing One, which will deploy in May.

John is the son of John and Randi O'Phelan of Ilwaco.

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