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The Stennis Center partners with eight aircraft carriers to recognize some of the men and women who demonstrate outstanding public service leadership.


American aircraft carriers are frequently described as "floating cities" carrying crews of over 5,000 men and women working together under challenging circumstances to keep America strong. Despite awe inspiring technical capabilities that make aircraft carriers extremely valuable assets in America's national defense, it is the leadership demonstrated by the men and women who serve on board that is most impressive to visitors. To recognize and honor some of the men and women who demonstrate outstanding public service leadership on American aircraft carriers, the Stennis Center created a special leadership awards program for the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72), USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), USS GEORGE HW BUSH (CVN 77), and USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).

The leadership awards programs on the aircraft carriers recognize distinguished officers and senior-enlisted personnel who have demonstrated exceptional leadership on board their respective aircraft carriers. The winners are selected through a ship-wide competition.

As part of the Stennis Center's continuing effort to strengthen understanding and relationships between civilian leaders and the military, the award winners travels to Washington, D.C. where they meet with Members of Congress and congressional staff and other civilian leaders. As the leadership award winners are honored and learn about how policy is made in Washington, the civilian leaders have an opportunity to learn about the life, values, culture and institutions of the military through visits with the leadership award winners and their spouses. Including spouses in discussions with leaders in Washington helps further understanding of contributions made by the family members of those who serve in the American military.

The leadership awards program on each of the carriers is recognized as an opportunity to honor individuals who are representative of the leadership throughout the ships that is necessary to successfully perform the complex missions of aircraft carriers. The Stennis Center takes pride in being able to present the awards on behalf of American civilians as an expression of gratitude for the essential service provided by the men and women in military uniform.




A total of six awards are presented annually to the Senior Officer, Junior Officer, Chief Petty Officer, First Class Petty Officer, Junior Petty Officer, and Bluejacket who demonstrate the finest leadership and most closely exemplify the Navy Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. The namesake for each award is a heroic or successful mentor selected from the long and colorful history of the eight warships bearing the name USS ENTERPRISE. The period for each award will extend for one year from 25 November (the CVN-65 commissioning date) of each year, and an awardee must have been assigned to the ship for the entire award period.

The Admiral James L. Holloway III Leadership Award -- presented to the outstanding senior officer (O-4 or O-5). Admiral James L. Holloway III was the third Commanding Officer of USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), serving from 17 July 1965 through 11 July 1967. His thirty-nine years of service on active duty encompassed combat in three wars and culminated in service as the twentieth Chief of Naval Operations from 1974-1978.

The Stephen Decatur Leadership Award -- presented to the outstanding junior officer (O-1, O-2, or O-3). Under the command of Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, the third ENTERPRISE (a small, 12 gun clipper schooner) was deployed to the Mediterranean in 1801 as the smallest member of a four-ship squadron assigned to protect commerce from the Barbary States of Morrocco, Algiers , Tunis , and Tripoli . Tiny ENTERPRISE handed the Barbary Pirates their first defeat against the better armed ship TRIPOLI . Lieutenant Decatur "repeatedly raked his opponent, and, without losing a man, finally forced her surrender with 50 of her crew of 84 killed or wounded." On 31 October 1803 the PHILIDELPHIA, a 36-gun frigate, ran aground on an uncharted shoal while pursuing a small craft in Tripoli harbor. Surrounded by gunboats, it surrendered and the Tripolitans later salvaged her on a flood tide. During the evening of 16 February 1804, Lieutenant Decatur embarked in a captured sixty-foot Maltese ketch, renamed her INTREPID, and manned her with a hand-picked crew of eighty-three, including seventy-five ENTERPRISE Sailors. Hiding the crew below decks, he navigated into Tripoli Harbor with the assistance of a Maltese pilot and approached the PHILADELPHIA . The pilot explained they had lost their anchor in a storm and requested permission to moor alongside. "Each of the boarders knew his part well and within twenty minutes their firebrands had PHILADELPHIA blazing from stem to stern." Evading shots from shore batteries and gunboats, Lieutenant Decatur's crew rowed out of the harbor and proceeded to report the destruction. "The business being so well planned not a man was killed or wounded on our side. The Tripolitans had twenty killed, the others made their escape by jumping overboard after the ship was afire." This was labeled "the most daring act of the age" by the British Lord Nelson.


Lawhon Winners

The Chief G. F. Lawhon Leadership Award -- presented to the outstanding chief petty officer (E-7, E-8, or E-9). On 16 January 1942, just a little more than a month after Pearl Harbor, the seventh USS ENTERPRISE (CV 6) was steaming in the Pacific Ocean on her way to support the reinforcement of Somoa in the early days of our nation�s participation in World War II. An SBD Dauntless, the workhorse bomber of the Battle of Midway, landed on her flight deck. The landing Dauntless tore loose an arresting wire and plunged off the deck edge into the catwalk. Sadly, the bomber's left wheel struck a chief petty officer in the head and he died later that day. The chief's name was G. F. Lawhon, an Aviation Machinist's Mate who had put the ship in commission in 1938. He was one of the solid, experienced key men who hold a ship together and make it work. Chief Lawhon had devised the first system for recovering the tow strap from a catapulted plane as it becomes airborne, and he had helped perfect the precisely stressed shearing pins in the flight deck barriers on those older carriers, which did not have angled flight decks. Chief Lawhon's death was the first of World War II on USS ENTERPRISE (CV 6).

The Billy Hawk Leading Petty Officer Award -- presented to the outstanding first class petty officer. The awardee will be the ENTERPRISE Sailor of the Year. Many ENTERPRISE heroes emerged on 14 January 1969, when the sudden detonation of a Zuni rocket on the flight deck killed 28 and injured 343 men. One of these heroes Flight Deck LPO Billy Hawk. After the detonation, fuel poured from aircraft, causing a towering fury of fire and heat that detonated more weapons. Without our modern fixed AFFF system, manned hose teams were the only defense. In all, 18 weapons detonated, blowing 8 holes in the flight deck and damaging or destroying 35 aircraft. Petty Officer Hawk led a group of men to remove 3 aircraft from Elevator #3, creating a firebreak and preventing the spread of fire to the island. Billy Hawk then proceeded to extinguish fires on Elevator #4.

The Boatswain's Mate Second Class George H. Smith Leadership Award -- presented to the outstanding junior petty officer (E-4 or E-5). The awardee will be the ENTERPRISE Junior Sailor of the Year. Boatswain's Mate Second Class George H. Smith manned a machine gun in the port catwalk on the afternoon of 1 February 1942, as USS ENTERPRISE (CV 6) concluded a successful engagement against the enemy in the South Pacific. She recovered her aircraft and steamed at thirty knots to Pearl Harbor, her homeport. Suddenly five twin-engine Japanese bombers in an open V broke out of the low clouds on the starboard bow and attacked in a shallow glide. One bomb burst about thirty feet off the port quarter. Fragments tore into the ship, cutting a gasoline line, igniting the spilled fuel, and shattering Petty Office Smith's leg. Smith continued to fire until the action was over and his shipmates hauled him off to sickbay. He died there two hours later, the first combat casualty in the ENTERPRISE .

The Lieutenant Richard H. Best Award -- presented to the outstanding airman, seaman, or fireman. The awardee will be the ENTERPRISE Bluejacket of the Year. Lieutenant Richard H. Best commanded the (VB 6) BLACK RAMS, who flew Dauntless bombers from USS ENTERPRISE (CV 6) during the Battle of Midway (4-6 June 1942). He can be appreciated for his physical courage, as well as modesty and respect for his teammates. He led the attack against the AKAGI, the lead carrier of the Japanese battle group, flying over her flight deck at 1800 feet. "I pulled out and rolled over so close to that ship that the Japanese could have thrown a monkey wrench at me." The BLACK RAMS payload ignited loaded enemy planes as well as bombs and torpedoes left topside, creating a "hell's casserole." Ever-modest, Best credits torpedo plane crews from other squadrons, particularly those embarked on USS HORNET, for bringing down the Japanese fighter cover and clearing the way for the dive bombers, sacrificing their lives in the process. Best also praised his commanders for providing inspiration and motivation essential to mission accomplishment. In particular, he credited Admiral Halsey with ensuring his battle group engaged the enemy "viciously and vigorously" by growing a "Get them" attitude in the ENTERPRISE crew all the way from the lowest E1 to the Captain. Lieutenant Best's physical courage at Midway cost him his naval career. A soured supply of oxygen burned his lungs during his final run, requiring him to dive to a breathable altitude. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander, he was discharged from the naval service by the end of the year.


USS ENTERPRISE Award Winners

LCDR James J. Hornef - 2013 Admiral James L. Holloway II Award
ABH3 Rene E. Horne - 2013 LT Richard H. Best Award & ENTERPRISE Bluejacket of the Year
NC1 Linda H. Gilmore - 2013 Billy Hawk LPO Award & ENTERPRISE Sailor of the Year
MMC Diana J. Godal - 2013 Chief S.F. Lawhon Award
LT Steven R. Weatherspoon - 2013 Stephen Decatur Award
MA2 Mikeyah Rose - 2013 BM2 George H. Smith Award & ENTERPRISE Junior Sailor of the Year

LCDR Charles E. Ardinger - 2012 Admiral James L. Holloway II Award
LS3 Aaron M. Pierce - 2012 LT Richard H. Best Award
EM1 Joeseph P. McClure - 2012 Billy Hawk LPO Award
MMCS Cody P. Pericich - 2012 Chief S.F. Lawhon Award
CWO3 Brian C. Miller - 2012 Stephen Decatur Award
AM2 Todd M. Brown - 2012 BM2 George H. Smith Award

CDR Edward Galvin - 2011 Admiral James L. Holloway II Award
AOAN (SW/AW) Quinterris Ponder - 2011 LT Richard H. Best Award
AT1 (SW/AW) Jerry Alston - 2011 Billy Hawk LPO Award
MRC (SW/AW) Henry Wiegel - 2011 Chief S.F. Lawhon Award
LTJG Gilbert Bishop, II - 2011 Stephen Decatur Award
LS3 (SW/AW) Peter Carreon- 2011 BM2 George H. Smith Award

CDR Mark Metzger- 2010 Admiral James L. Holloway II Award
MMFN Gilbert Laguerre- 2010 LT Richard H. Best Award
HT1 (SW/AW) Ross Tenny - 2010 Billy Hawk LPO Award
FCC (SW) Norman Edwards - 2010 Chief S.F. Lawhon Award
LT Warren Sherman - 2010 Stephen Decatur Award
ET2 (SW/AW) Michael Stanislow- 2010 BM2 George H. Smith Award

James P. Mosman - 2009 Admiral James L. Holloway III Leadership Award
Lt. Matthew A. Paul - 2009 Stephen Decatur Leadership Award
MMCM (SW) Ronald D. Thames, Jr. - 2009 Chief G.F. Lawhon Leadership Award
NC1 (SW/AW) Sara M. Reynolds - 2009 Billy Hawk Leading Petty Officer Award
ABH2 (AW/SW) Nekita N. Patrick - 2009 Boatswain's Mate Second Class George H. Smith Leadership Award (Sailor of the Year)
A03 Jennifer A. Chambers - 2009 Lieutenant Richard H. Best Leadership Award (Junior Sailor of the Year)

LCDR Megan Thomas- 2008 Admiral James L. Holloway III Leadership Award
LT David Elmer- 2008 Stephen Decatur Leadership Award
Senior Chief Machinist's Mate Rodney Chronister - 2008 Chief G.F. Lawhon Leadership Award
Operations Specialist 1st Class Phillip Neighbarger - 2008 Billy Hawk Leading Petty Officer Award
Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Stacy Reynolds - 2008 Boatswain's Mate Second Class George H. Smith Leadership Award (Sailor of the Year)
Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Norman Newson - 2008 Lieutenant Richard H. Best Leadership Award (Junior Sailor of the Year)

LCDR Marshall G. Riggall - 2007 Admiral James L. Holloway III Leadership Award
CWO3 Alonzo Wells - 2007 Stephen Decatur Leadership Award
ABECS(AW/SW) Eric J. Young - 2007 Chief G.F. Lawhon Leadership Award
AO1(AW/SW) Edrick A. Smith - 2007 Billy Hawk Leading Petty Officer Award
CS2(SW/AW) Moses Brathwaite Jr. - 2007 Boatswain's Mate Second Class George H. Smith Leadership Award (Sailor of the Year)
ABF3(AW) Harold J. Rees - 2007 Lieutenant Richard H. Best Leadership Award (Junior Sailor of the Year)

CWO3 John L. Gilbert - 2006 Stephen Decatur Leadership Award
PS1 Albert L. Campbell - 2006 Billy Hawk Leading Petty Officer Award
IS2 Ashley M. Haley - 2006 Boatswain's Mate Second Class George H. Smith Award (Sailor of the Year)
ABFCS Johnnie Johnson - 2006 Chief G.F. Lawhon Leadership Award
CDR James R. Shoaf - 2006 Admiral James L. Holloway III Leadership Award
ABHAN Jeffrey B. Tennon - 2006 Lieutenant Richard H. Best Award (Junior Sailor of the Year)

CDR Richard Rogers - 2005 Admiral James L. Holloway III Award
LT Joe Thompson - 2005 Stephen Decatur Leadership Award
MMC (SW) Cameron Cuskey - 2005 Chief G.F. Lawhon Leadership Award
HM1 (SW/AW) John W. Tapley - 2005 Billy Hawk Leading Petty Officer Award
BM2 (SW/AW) Jamie L. Ellis - 2005 Boatswain's Mate Second Class George H. Smith Leadership Award
ENFA George C. Hawthorne - 2005 Lieutenant Richard H. Best Award

ABH1 (AW/SW) Scott Bowman - 2004 Billy Hawk Leading Petty Officer Award
AD2 (AW/SW) Khalid Trady - 2004 Boatswain's Mate Second Class George C. Smith Award
SN SW Wilmary GusmanMartinez - 2004 Lieutenant Richard H. Best Award
LT Joe Fals - 2004 Stephen Decatur Leadership Award
LCDR Nathan Borchers - 2004 Admiral James L. Holloway III Leadership Award
ETCS James Owens - 2004 Chief G.F. Lawhon Leadership Award

LT Larry Watson- 2003 Stephen Decatur Leadership Award
CDR Brian Broene - 2003 Admiral James L. Holloway III Leadership Award

AD1 Lora Eury - 2002 Billy Hawk Leading Petty Officer Award
FC2 James Ortolano - 2002 Boatswain's Mate Second Class George C. Smith Award
ISSN Stacy Land - 2002 Lieutenant Richard H. Best Award
LT Jeffery Montgomery - 2002 Stephen Decatur Leadership Award
CDR Lee Johnson - 2002 Admiral James L. Holloway III Leadership Award
PHCS David Smith - 2002 Chief G.F. Lawhon Leadership Award

AT1 (AW/SW) Robert S. Pickering - 2001 Billy Hawk Leading Petty Officer Award
AE2 (AW/SW) Timothy J. Whittington - 2001 Boatswain's Mate Second Class George C. Smith Award
PN3 (SW/AW) Sara E. Pizzo - 2001 Lieutenant Richard H. Best Award
LTJG Arthur M. DuVall - 2001 Stephen Decatur Leadership Award
LCDR Donald A. Smith - 2001 Admiral James L. Holloway III Leadership Award
HMCS (SW/SW/FMF) Roger M. Grose - 2001 Chief G.F. Lawhon Leadership Award

ET1 (SW/AW) Leslie E. McGuire - 2000 Billy Hawk Leading Petty Officer Award
HT2 (SW/AW) Raymond L. Benison - 2000 Boatswain's Mate Second Class George H. Smith Award
Airman (AW) Jessice Marie Kissel - 2000 Lieutenant Richard H. Best Award
LTJG Rebecca A. Boone - 2000 Stephen Decatur Leadership Award
CDR Richard C. Gile - 2000 Admiral James L. Holloway III Leadership Award
ABFCS (AW) Michael R. Johnston - 2000 Chief G.F. Lawhon Leadership Award



Awards are presented on the USS NIMITZ to recognize individuals who have demonstrated sustained superior performance and exhibited the most exceptional leadership skills. The CINCPAC Award is presented to an outstanding officer, the 5-Star Award is presented to an outstanding chief petty officer, the Pacific Thunder Award is presented to an outstanding petty officer, the Senior Sailor of the Year is presented to the number one sailor on the ship for the calendar year. Also awarded are the Junior Sailor of the Year which is presented to the number one junior sailor on the ship for the calendar year, and the Blue Jacket of the Year Award which is presented to an outstanding airman, seaman, or fireman. The awards are presented annually on or about February 24 which is the birthday of the late Chester Nimitz.



USS NIMITZ Award Winners

LCDR Russell Lawrence - 2013 CINCPAC Award
HTC Aaron Lyon - 2013 5-Star Award
ABH2 Lauren Perry - 2013 Pacific Thunder Award

LT Jeff Tomaszewski - 2012 CINCPAC Award
HMCS Scot Thrasher - 2012 5-Star Award
MM1 Adam Barnett - 2012 Pacific Thunder Award

LCDR John Halttunen - 2011 CINCPAC Award
CTTCS Daniel McNiel - 2011 5-Star Award
HM1 Jonna Obermiller - 2011 Pacific Thunder Award

LCDR Walter Taylor - 2010 CINCPAC Award
MMCS (SW) Jason Homan - 2010 5-Star Award
ABH1 (AW/SW) Robert Jimenez - 2010 Pacific Thunder Award

LCDR Drew Klosterman - 2009 CINCPAC Award
ABECS Roberto Ruvalcaba - 2009 5-Star Award
ABF1 Joel Debelen - 2009 Pacific Thunder Award

PSCS (SW) Patricia G. Morones - 2008 5-Star Award
ABE1 (AW/SW) Hector Losoya - 2008 Pacific Thunder Award
ATC (AW/SW) Christopher Organ - 2008 Navy & Marine Corps Leadership Award
AO1 (AW) Adam Brophy - 2008 Sailor of the Year Award
AT2 (AW) Michael Symons - 2008 Junior Sailor of the Year Award
YNSA (SW) Craig Hollander - 2008 Blue Jacket of the Year Award
LCDR Paris Crenshaw - 2008 CINCPAC Award Winner

LCDR T. J. Zerr - 2007 CINCPAC Award
ABFCS Gregory Balcer - 2007 5-Star Award
CS1 Manual Gray - 2007 - 2007 Pacific Thunder Award

LT Regina Rogers - 2006 CINCPAC Award
AOCS (AW/SW) Jennifer Vollstedt - 2006 5-Star Award
AZ1 (AW/SW) Travis Treman - 2006 Pacific Thunder Award
ABF1 (SW/AW) Richard Palmer - 2006 Senior Sailor of the Year Award
AE2 (AW/SW) Brian Kornelius - 2006 Junior Sailor of the Year Award
ABH3 (AW/SW) Michael Donoghue - 2006 Blue Jacket of the Year Award

LCDR Robert B. Johns - 2005 CINCPAC Award
NCCS (SW/AW) Gregory A. Heinz - 2005 5-Star Award
IT1 (SW/AW) Lynne A. Jones - 2005 Pacific Thunder Award
ET1 (SW/AW) Erin L. Schwarz - 2005 Senior Sailor of the Year Award
AO2 (AW/SW) Steven D. Lukasiewicz - 2005 Junior Sailor of the Year Award
AE3 (AW) Victoria D. Benson - 2005 Blue Jacket of the Year Award





Three "Buck Stops Here" Awards are presented annually to USS TRUMAN crew members. The awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated sustained superior performance and exhibited the most exceptional leadership skills.

The Outstanding Blue Jacket Award is presented to an outstanding airman, seaman, or fireman. The Petty Officer Award is presented to an outstanding petty officer, and the Chief Award is presented to an outstanding chief.




USS HARRY S. TRUMAN Award Winners

LSC Jamie Artajo Cuesta- 2013 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Petty Officer Award
ABH3 Brandi Nicole Arrington- 2013 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Blue Jacket Award
LNCS Kristine Marie Skupnik- 2013 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Chief Award
 
MMS Cristian Juarez- 2012 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Petty Officer Award
LS3 Alicia Marie Moore- 2012 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Blue Jacket Award
HMCS Benjamin D. Hodges- 2012 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Chief Award

CRT1 Aaron Grant - 2011 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Petty Officer Award
MMCS (SS/SW/AW) Gerrit Assink - 2011 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Chief Jacket Award
SN Mark Blanchette - 2011 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Blue Jacket Award

MM1 Kerry Claiborne - 2010 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Petty Officer Award
ABFAN Leo Glutz - 2010 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Blue Jacket Award
MMC Jeffrey Lecuyer - 2010 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Chief Award

ABF2 Malisha Nichole Donahue-Fields - 2009 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Petty Officer Award
AT1 Leron Robinson - 2009 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Blue Jacket Award
AEC Shannon Thoftne - 2009 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Chief Award

IC1 Michael James Bishop - 2008 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Petty Officer Award
ADCS Lora Porter - 2008 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Chief Award
HM3 Thomas Curt Vaningen - 2008 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Blue Jacket Award

LCDR Daniel J. August - 2007 Truman State University Leadership Award
ACAN Jekia Dowdell - 2007 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Blue Jacket Award
NC1 Denequa Dent - 2007 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Petty Officer Award
ABHC Francisco Jusino - 2007 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Chief Award

AO3 Mathew T. Houtman - 2006 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Blue Jacket Award
ABH1(AW/SW) James C. Magee
- 2006 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Petty Officer Award
ISC(SW/AW) David E. Williams - 2006 Buck Stops Here Outstanding Chief Award




Three awards are presented on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN. These awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated sustained superior performance and exhibited the most exceptional leadership skills.

The Statesman Leadership Award is presented to an outstanding officer, the Abraham Lincoln Union Leadership Award is presented to an outstanding chief petty officer, and the Abraham Lincoln Liberty Leadership Award is presented to an outstanding petty officer.

The awards are presented annually on or about February 12, which is the birthday of the late Abraham Lincoln.


USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN Award Winners

LT David L. Duprey - 2013 "Statesman" Leadership Award
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)
AOCS (AW/SW) Kevin L. Nowlin - 2013 "Union" Leadership Award
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)
ABE1 (AW/SW) Glenn K. Walter - 2013 "Liberty" Leadership Award
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)

MA1 William N. Matteson - 2012 "Liberty" Leadership Award
LT Casey D. Ferguson - 2012 "Statesman" Leadership Award
CTMC Timothy W. Nerbonne - 2012 "Union" Leadership Award

PS1(SW/AW) Kathryn Benjamin - 2011 "Liberty" Leadership Award
CDR Michael Thibodeau - 2011 "Statesman" Leadership Award
OSCM(SW/AW) Jeffery Hineman - 2011 "Union" Leadership Award

ET1 Jason Buonomo - 2010 "Liberty" Leadership Award
LCDR William Davis - 2010 "Statesman" Leadership Award
ABHCS Daryl McGee - 2010 "Union" Leadership Award

ABH3 Sean Bibby - 2009 "Liberty" Leadership Award
LCDR Travis Hartman - 2009 "Statesman" Leadership Award
AOCS(AW/SW) Carlos Alamo - 2009 "Union" Leadership Award

ABH1 (SW) Brian L. Turner - 2008 "Liberty" Leadership Award
LT Joseph M. Gilmore - 2008 "Statesman" Leadership Award
QMCS (SW/AW) Dexter A. Watson - 2008 "Union" Leadership Award

HT1 Dwaine Bryan - 2007 "Liberty" Leadership Award
CWO3 Michael Hill - 2007 "Statesman" Leadership Award
YNCS Kevin Martin - 2007 "Union" Leadership Award




Awards are presented on the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER to recognize individuals who have demonstrated sustained superior performance and exhibited exceptional leadership skills. The awards will be presented to individuals who most exemplify the exceptional vision, integrity, courage, commitment to duty and hard work that marked the career of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The Five Star Award is presented to an outstanding Officer. The Waging Peace Award is presented to an outstanding Chief/Senior Chief/Master Chief Petty Officer.

The awards will be given annually on or about October 14, the birthday of the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert met on May 4, 2014 with Master Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Robert Stumm, his wife Kelly, the Commanding Officer of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Capt. Steve Koehler, his wife Gina and Eisenhower Command Master Chief Sheila Langejans, Rex Buffington, Stennis Center Executive Director and Cmdr. Martin Edmonds, the Dwight D. Eisenhower 2013 Five Star Leadership Award recipient after his frocking ceremony to master chief. Stumm was coincidentally visiting Greenert for earning the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 2013 Waging Peace Leadership Award when the master chief promotion list was released and Greenert proposed an impromptu frocking in his office at the Pentagon so that Stumm would not have to wait to assume the rank and responsibility as a master chief. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)


USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Award Winners

LCDR Martin Edmonds - 2013 "Five Star" Award
ABHCS (AW/SW) Robert Stumm - 2013 "Waging Peace" Award

LCDR Stephan A. Folsom - 2012 "Five Star" Award
LSCS Keith E. Brown - 2012 "Waging Peace" Award

LCDR Brady J. Drennan - 2011 "Five Star" Award
MMC (SW/AW) Anthony R. Cash - 2011 "Waging Peace" Award

LCDR Justin Issler - 2010 "Five Star" Award
OSCS Matthew McMeekin - 2010 "Waging Peace" Award

CWO2 Roy Streeter, Jr. - 2009 "Five Star" Award
ABHCS Jeffrey Jones - 2009 "Waging Peace" Award

LCDR Sean Knight - 2008 "Five Star" Award
SKC (SW/AW) Jose Rodriguez - 2008 "Waging Peace" Award




Awards are presented on the USS GEORGE HW BUSH to recognize individuals who have demonstrated sustained superior performance and exhibited the most exceptional leadership skills.

The George H.W. Bush Award is presented to an outstanding officer. The Charles G. Zwierzynski Award is presented to an outstanding chief petty officer.

The award is presented annually on or about June 12 which is the birthday of President Bush '41.



USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH Award Winners

Lt. Kent L. Davis – 2013 President George H. W. Bush Leadership Award
AOCS (SW/AW) /e8 Steven John Gill- 2013 Senior Chief Storekeeper Charles G. Zwierzynski Leadership Award

Lt. Michael Minervini - 2011-2012 President George H. W. Bush Leadership Award
AECS Reginald Rivers - 2011-2012 Senior Chief Storekeeper Charles G. Zwierzynski Leadership Award

LCDR Christopher Morris - 2010 President George H. W. Bush Leadership Award
Chief Electrician's Mate Earnest C. Cruz - 2010 Senior Chief Storekeeper Charles G. Zwierzynski Leadership Award

LT Jamaal D. Lofton - 2009 President George H. W. Bush Leadership Award
HCCS (SW/AW/FMF) Dennis D. Taylor - 2009 Senior Chief Storekeeper Charles G. Zwierzynski Leadership Award

LT Thomas L. Decker - 2008 President George H. W. Bush Leadership Award
HMCS(SW/AW/FMF) Jose M. Negron - 2008 Senior Chief Storekeeper Charles G. Zwierzynski Leadership Award




The Look Ahead and Straight Furrow awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated sustained superior performance and exhibited the most exceptional leadership skills.

The Straight Furrow award is named after a quote by ship namesake, Mississippi Senator John C. Stennis, who said, "I want to plow a straight furrow right down to the end of my row". The quote is a reference to Mississippi farmers who had to work hard and keep looking forward in order to plow a straight line in the fields. It recognizes an enlisted person or officer who best demonstrates the values and principles of honor, courage, commitment, foresight and integrity.

The Look Ahead award is derived from a motto Senator John C. Stennis used to remind himself of the importance of focusing on the future.



USS JOHN C. STENNIS Award Winners

CDR James Belmont - 2014 Straight Furrow Award
ISCS Kevin Lohrke - 2014 Look Ahead Award
HM1 Jerry Wagner - 2014 Constitution Award

CDR Nonito Blas- 2013 Straight Furrow Award
MACS (SW/AW) Bela Radvanyi- 2013 Look Ahead Award
HM1 Aida Santell- 2013 Constitution Award

LCDR Edward Jaso- 2012 Straight Furrow Award
CSCS Stephen Boos- 2012 Look Ahead Award
MM1 William Shears- 2012 Constitution Award

CDR James Hawkins- 2011 Straight Furrow Award
DCCS (SW/AQ) Steven Quick- 2011 Look Ahead Award
PS1 (SW/AW) Marianogerard Zamora-2011 Constitution Award

CDR Matt Feehan - 2010 Straight Furrow Award
Senior Chief Operations Specialist (SW/AW) Steve Faltysek - 2010 Look Ahead Award

CDR Dennis Warren - 2009 Straight Furrow Award
QMCS William Laver - 2009 Look Ahead Award

CDR Timothy Pfannenstein - 2008 Straight Furrow Award
Sr. Chief Petty Officer Paul E. Tuck, Jr. - 2008 Look Ahead Award

CDR Scott Robertson - 2007 Straight Furrow Award
Senior Chief Yeoman (SW/AW) Sean Lawler - 2007 Look Ahead Award

CDR Pete Hall - 2006 Look Ahead Award
PSCS (SW/AW) Roy Mobley - 2006 Straight Furrow Award

MMCS (SW/AW) David W. Wisniewski - 2005 Look Ahead Award
CDR Paul Jason Verrastro - 2005 Straight Furrow Award
AT1 Dewayne Irvin - 2005 Sailor of the Year
YN3 Kamurai Dembure - 2005 Junior Sailor of the Year

MMCS (AW/SW) Daniel Patrick Shinners - 2004 Look Ahead Award
LCDR E.D. White - 2004 Straight Furrow Award
HM1 (SW/SW) Lennis Darrin McNutt - 2004 Sailor of the Year
SK3 (AW/SW) Bo Douglas Wid - 2004 Junior Sailor of the Year

ATC (AW/SW) Ed Fink - 2003 Look Ahead Award
CDR Fred Melnick - 2003 Straight Furrow Award
PC1 David Levu - 2003 Sailor of the Year
PN3 Erica Thorton - 2003 Junior Sailor of the Year

ASCS (AW/SW) Angel Afan - 2002 Look Ahead Award
CDR Gordon Rutherford - 2002 Straight Furrow Award
MM1 Phillip L. Dennis - 2002 Sailor of the Year
PN3 Pedro Gutierrez - 2002 Junior Sailor of the Year

MMCS Vincent Murray - 2001 Look Ahead Award
CDR Victor Warriner - 2001 Straight Furrow Award
MM1 (SW/AW) Carl G. Evans - 2001 Sailor of the Year
DT3 (SW/AW) Stephanie Fawcett - 2001 Junior Sailor of the Year

BMCS Ramon Velasco - 2000 Look Ahead Award
CDR Timothy Holland - 2000 Straight Furrow Award
AO1 (AW/SW) Michael Klaphake - 2000 Sailor of the Year
BM3 (SW/AW) Mark Esposito - 2000 Junior Sailor of the Year

BMC Vincent Fenty - 1999 Look Ahead Award
CDR Mike Plunkett - 1999 Straight Furrow Award
BM1 Carl Shiver, Jr. - 1999 Sailor of the Year
Petty Officer Kirk Wieder - 1999 Junior Sailor of the Year

AOCM Dennis Costa - 1998 Look Ahead Award
CDR Chris Powers - 1998 Straight Furrow Award
CTO1 William Lee Beitz - 1998 Sailor of the Year
DC2 Carol Roquet - 1998 Junior Sailor of the Year

ATCS Frank Kadi - 1997 Look Ahead Award
CDR Perry Driver
- 1997 Straight Furrow Award

CDR Chuck Jefferson - 1996 Straight Furrow Award




2011 Vinson

"The Admiral" and "Swamp Fox" Leadership Awards recognize the individuals who have demonstrated sustained superior performance and exhibited the most exceptional leadership skills over the award period. The awards will be given annually on or about November 18, the birthday of the late United States Representative Carl Vinson of Georgia.

The Swamp Fox Award -- By his colleagues in the House, Representative Carl Vinson was known as the "Swamp Fox" due to his masterful grasp of parliamentary procedure and virtual unerring strategy in getting important legislation through Congress. (Recipients are Chief Petty Officers)

The Admiral Award -- Representative Carl Vinson was known by the military establishment as "the Admiral" because of his early affection for the United States Navy. (Recipients are officers)


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Award Winners

LT Paul Nickell - 2011 Admiral Award Winner
DCCS (SW/AW) Michael Bates - 2011 Swamp Fox Award Winner

CWO3 Charles Sullivan - 2010 Admiral Award Winner
HMCS Richard Gotautas - 2010 Swamp Fox Award Winner

CWO4 Mark Swarringim - 2008 Admiral Award Winner
BMCS (SW/AW) Edward Marrerootero - 2008 Swamp Fox Award Winner

LCDR (Select) Dave Walker - 2007 Admiral Award Winner
ICC Bert Lewis - 2007 Swamp Fox Award Winner

CWO3 Kenneth W. Knowlton - 2006 Admiral Award Winner
ATC Joshua M. Davis - 2006 Swamp Fox Award Winner

HTCS (SW/AW) David A. Fish - 2005 Swamp Fox Award Winner
LT Charles D. Huntington - 2005 Admiral Award Winner

LT Jose Fernando Montes - 2004 Admiral Award Winner
PSC (SW/AW) Milton Francis Lewis - 2004 Swamp Fox Award Winner