An Albany native got a prestigious award all the way in San Diego.
Yeoman 1st Class Petty Officer Shanika Jones went into the Navy 15 years ago. Jones is now recognized as the winner of the junior enlisted category for the Prestigious Female Leadership Award called the Master Chief Anna Der-Vartanian Leadership Award that celebrates women of character.
She hopes this award will encourage others. Jones says she came from adverse situations and after losing her father and her first child she was proud to win this award for her kids.
She's a graduate from Monroe High School right here in Albany, and thanks her family and friends for support.