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USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77) SAILORS HONORED WITH STENNIS AWARDS

Former President George H.W. Bush presented two sailors with The Stennis Center's Honorable George H.W. Bush Leadership Award and the Stennis Center's Senior Chief Storekeeper (SW/AW) Charles G. Zwierzynski Leadership Award for outstanding leadership during his visit on board USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77), July 15, 2010.

The Stennis Center's Honorable George H.W. Bush Leadership Award recipient was Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Morris, who serves as the Air Department V-2 Division Officer. The Stennis Center's Senior Chief Storekeeper (SW/AW) Charles G. Zwierzynski Leadership Award recipient was Chief Electrician's Mate (SW/AW) Ernest Cruz, a GEORGE H.W. BUSH plankowner and currently the Reactor Training Division Officer, who was also recently selected for advancement to Senior Chief Petty Officer.

Cruz's award honors the memory of Senior Chief Storekeeper Charles G. Zwierzynski, who passed away in 2008. During his two years aboard GEORGE H.W. BUSH, Zwierzynski exemplified the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment and motivated those around him to excel. Cruz, who was mentored by Zwierzynski upon selection as a Chief Petty Officer, said Zwierzynski was an outstanding leader and a great mentor. "It was a great honor to receive an award in honor of such a great leader. He is greatly missed, and I hope to continue to live up to the standard that he has set," Cruz said.

Both recipients said it was an outstanding honor to be presented their award by former President George H.W. Bush.