Navy serviceman Austin Schwankhaus has been named the Junior Sailor of the Year for being the best E-5 Sailor in VFA-81.
He is now deployed to Saudo Bay, Greece.
Schwankhaus, a 2012 graduate of Okawville High, attended Kaskaskia College a year before joining the Navy.
He is a jet mechanic in the Navy, stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana in Norfolk, Virginia. He has had a 3 year deployment to Japan, and a six month deployment to the Mediterranean.
Schwankhaus, is the son of Mark Schwankhaus of Okawville and Vicky Schwankhaus of Red Bud. His daughter, Anna, 4, lives with her mother in Madison, Indiana.