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Connecting Carriers and Congress - PCO Program
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 One of the programs under the Stennis Center's ongoing initiative to improve civil-military relations is a periodic luncheon or dinner on Capitol Hill for prospective commanding officers (PCO) of the Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carriers. Commanding officers of America's aircraft carriers are in a unique position to help civilian leaders better understand the life, values and culture of the Navy, and of the military in general.

Every PCO comes to Washington for a five-week nuclear refresher course as a final step in their preparation to assume command. The Stennis Center has developed a program for these incoming commanding officers to interact with Members of Congress and senior-level congressional staff who work on national security issues and to develop mutual understanding between the civilian leaders in Congress and the main Fleet units.

The primary purpose of the program is to provide the PCOs opportunities to understand the interests of Congress and the civilian leadership of the government and how to interact with them when their ships are visited. Since the inception of the program, the Stennis Center has hosted the prospective commanding officers of eleven aircraft carriers: the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69), USS CARL  VINSON (CVN-70), USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72), USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74), USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75), USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76), and the USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN-77).

Rex Buffington, executive director of the Stennis Center and the host of each event, said, "We want to be proactive and intentional about strengthening relations and understanding between civilian and military leaders."

Captain Jim Symonds, commanding officer of the USS REAGAN who attended one of the dinners, said, "This was a very valuable experience. I appreciate the Stennis Center connecting me with legislative leaders and look forward to hosting civilians on the ship."




2013
Captain John Meier
USS GERALD R. FORD (CVN-78)

2012
Captain Daniel Grieco
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71)
Captain S. Robert Roth
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75)
Captain Jeffrey Ruth
USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)

2011
Captain Brian Luther
USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN-77)
Captain Ronald Reis
USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74)
Captain William C. Hamilton
USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65)
Captain Tusher Tembe
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75)
Captain Kent Whalen
USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

2010
Captain Thom Burke
USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76)
Captain William Hart
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71)
Captain Marcus Hitchcock
USS EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

2009
Captain David A. Lausman
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73)
Captain Bruce H. Lindsey
USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

2008
Captain Joseph Clarkson
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75)
Captain Dewolfe "Chip" Miller
USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN-77)
Captain Joseph Kuzmick
USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74)

2007
Captain Dee L. Mewbourne
USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)
Captain Ladd Wheeler
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71)
Captain Patrick Hall
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)
Captain Ronald Horton
USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65)
Captain Michael C. Manazir
USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)
Captain David Dykhoff
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73)

2006
Captain Kevin O'Flaherty
USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN-77)
Captain Herman Shelanski
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75)
Captain Walter Carter, Jr.
USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)
Captain Brad Johnson
USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74)

2005
Captain James Cloyd
USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)
Captain Terry Kraft
USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76)
Captain J. R. Haley
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71)

2004
Captain Andy McCawley
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)
Captain Lawrence Rice
USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65)
Captain Ted Branch
USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)
Captain James Gigliotti
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75)
Captain Garry White
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73)
Captain Kevin Donegan
USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

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