Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class Sonica Slusher, a native of Alice, won the Sailor of the Year for her command at Naval Air Station Jacksonville TPU.

Slusher's parents are Felix and Margaret Hinojosa, and Martina Munoz. She is married to Chris Slusher and has two sons, seven-year-old Landon and three-year-old Noah.

Sonica enlisted in the Navy on July 11, 2007 and has been in service for 10 years.

Earning Sailor of the Year is a high accolade only few sailors ever get to receive. This prestige is a direct reflection of Slusher's devotion to command mission, leading her sailors, and hard work.

Due to winning Sailor of the Year, Sonica earned a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal.