Navy Seabee Foundation

Petty Officer First Class Jessica C. SanRoque

UT1 SanRoque deployed to CENTCOM with SEAL Team THREE from September 2019 to April 2020. Handpicked as the Special Operations Task Force West (SOTF-W) J-4 Leading Petty Officer, she led 16 Sailors as they performed camp upgrades and maintenance at four separate camps (Camp Finan, Camp Brink, Camp Woods, Camp Friewald) in Iraq, in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE. Her ability to multi-task was instrumental as she managed her administrative duties, which included resolving 39 Sailor’s pay discrepancies and performing duties as Camp Mayor, addressing emergency trouble calls around the clock. On this deployment UT1 was a key member of the Embark Team, serving as flight lead for four Inter-Theater movements of two SEAL Platoons and enablers, completing all required paperwork and Joint Inspections. Lastly, UT1 was the sole Utilitiesman on the SOTF-W compound. Her technical expertise is unmatched and she quickly restored operational function to two shower latrine and laundry units, vital equipment for health and hygiene of all the camp residents.

UT1 SanRoque led a team of seven in a direct-fire bunker reinforcement project, which involved filling 5,000+ sand bags, and placing 100+ HESCO barriers, T-walls, and U-Ditches to increase bunker capacity to match increased personnel assigned to camp. This project proved to be of upmost importance as tensions between the U.S. and Iran peaked, and the compound received a large-scale ballistic missile attack. With extremely short notice, UT1 directed the camp React Force to load up MATV gun trucks and move to the pre-determined security positions. Once gun trucks were in position she coordinated the movement of her Combat Service Support Team to the assigned evacuation sites, protecting them from incoming fire.

After safe evacuation and reduced threat, she led a crew of four in battle damage restoration of the 82nd Airborne “Scarecrow” spaces that received significant damage during the attack. UT1 led her team in around-the-clock trouble shooting and repair of the damaged electrical infrastructure. Through her quick thinking and strong technical ability, her team brilliantly restored the 82nd Airborne’s C2 element to full capability, allowing reestablishment of critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to the region. Additionally, the 82nd Airborne Unit lost nearly all of their personal belongings, so UT1 took it upon herself to collect hygiene, clothing, and some personal items for the Unit, significantly enhancing their morale and quality of life.

Petty Officer SanRoque takes personal interest in her Sailors’ development and career milestones. As the Expeditionary Warfare Program Manager for SEAL Team THREE, she revamped the board qualification process and provided instruction to 23 Sailors, resulting in 100% qualification of those enrolled in the program. UT1 participated in five Career Development Boards, mentoring Junior Sailors on Navy programs and opportunities, which resulted in 100% retention of highly qualified Sailors. In garrison, UT1 is a team member on the Command Resiliency Team, assisting the Command Managed Equal Opportunity Representative in mitigation of personnel and workplace issues, and promoting “Esprit de Corp” throughout the ranks.

UT1 led by example, completing her Primary Professional Military Education and Join Professional Military Education Certifications, as well as by enrolling in a Bachelor’s Degree program in Homeland Security and Emergency Response. In her limited off-duty time, she volunteers at the USO and the base chapel, assisting in various faith programs. When she returned from her most recent deployment, UT1 SanRoque ensured her Department was up to speed on the COVID-19 mitigation measures set by the Navy and performed morale checks on her Sailors in the event they need assistance for themselves or their families. She continually goes well beyond requirements to execute the Command’s mission and promote team unity. UT1 SanRoque was recognized by her Chain of Command, earning the SEAL Team THREE Sailor of the Quarter, First Quarter, FY-20 for all of her outstanding contributions to her teammates and the Command. She is highly deserving of the Fighting Seabee Award.

Petty Officer SanRoque’s leadership, commitment, and dedication to duty made a significant contribution to the Seabee legacy as well Naval Special Warfare’s legacy. Her leadership and contributions facilitated the successful execution of critical Combat Service Support to SEAL Team THREE in a volatile environment. Through her distinctive accomplishments, she reflected great credit upon herself, Naval Special Warfare Group ONE, Logistics Support Unit, the United States Navy, and the Department of Defense. Her achievements are truly deserving of the 2020 Fighting Seabee Award.

Leading Petty Officer

Petty Officer Jessica C. SanRoque is a native of Manila, Philippines and was raised in San Diego, California. She attended Recruit Training Command in Chicago, Illinois in March 2005 and upon graduation, reported to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and completed Utilitiesman “A” school as the Honor Graduate.

In 2005, she reported to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FOUR, assigned to Air Detachment Bravo where she deployed to Camp Shields Okinawa, Japan. In 2006 she transferred to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 303 in San Diego, where she promoted to UT3. In 2008, she volunteered for a Continuing Promise, a humanitarian mission aboard the USS BOXER, deploying throughout Central and South America building and refurbishing schools, hospitals, and churches for the local community. In 2008, she promoted to UT2. In 2009, she transferred to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit TWO (EODESU-2) in Little Creek, Virginia where she served in the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Honor Guard/Funeral Detail and deployed with EOD Mobile Unit 12 to Afghanistan. UT2 then transferred to Naval Special Warfare Group ONE Logistical Support Unit (NSWG-1 LOGSU), attaching to SEAL team ONE and deploying to the Philippines in 2013 as the Camp Mayor, pay agent, interpreter for local interactions, and sole Seabee on the camp. She was selected as SEAL Team ONE’s Junior Sailor of the Quarter, First Quarter, FY14 and advanced to UT1 through the Command Advancement Program. In 2016, UT1 attended to the Navy’s Correction Specialist “C” School, then reported to Navy Consolidated Brig Miramar as Safety Officer, and Hazardous Material and Environmental Coordinator where she received an unprecedented “Outstanding” during the 2017 Tri-Annual American Correctional Association Reaccreditation Audit. She also qualified as a Brig Command Duty Officer, a position reserved for Chiefs and exceptional First Class Petty Officers.

In 2019, UT1 reported to Naval Special Warfare Group ONE, Logistics Support Unit, where she was immediately assigned to SEAL Team THREE and deployed in support of Special Operation forces.

Petty Officer First Class SanRoque’s personal decorations include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and numerous unit and campaign awards. She is qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist, Expeditionary Warfare Specialist, and Correction Specialist. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree.

The CEC-Seabee Historical Foundation takes great pleasure in presenting the 2020 Fighting Seabee Award to:

Petty Officer First Class
(Expeditionary Warfare/Seabee Combat Warfare)
Jessica C. SanRoque
United States Navy

For services set forth in the following citation:

Exhibited outstanding contributions in support of the traditions and legacy of the Seabees in the course of actual operations, while serving as leading Petty Officer for Special Operations Task Force – West J-4 from September 2019 to April 2020. UT1 SanRoque made remarkable contributions to critical life support and sustainment of special operations camps in Iraq, in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE. As Camp Mayor and the sole utilitiesman on her compound, she used her unmatched technical expertise, paired with her ability to effectively multi-task to ensure special operators were able to take the fight to the enemy. Combining volunteerism with her mission focus, she led her team in quick restoration of damaged mission critical unit facilities while collecting hygiene and personal items for members on camp whose belongings were destroyed during Iran’s ballistic missile attack. Her passion for mentorship and leading by example enabled her sailors to excel in both warfare qualification attainment and off-duty education, even in an incredibly expeditionary environment. Petty Officer SanRoque’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance and steadfast devotion to duty reflected great credit upon herself and contributed significantly to perpetuating the Seabee legacy, and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Navy and the Seabees.