NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- In results announced April 27, USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Media Department received a total of eight Navy Chief of Information (CHINFO) Merit Awards in seven categories for 2005, more than any other command in the Navy.
The CHINFO Merit Awards is an annual program that recognizes excellence in Navy internal print and broadcast media by Navy commands and individuals.
The "Gold Eagle" media department received four first place awards in the categories of: stand-alone photograph, awarded to Photographer's Mate 3rd Class (AW) Nicole Carter; SITE TV newscast for the "Cruisin' Eagle" News; Site TV spot production, awarded to Journalist 2nd Class (SW) Devin Dorney; and Site Open for the "Carl Vinson Idol preview show," an on-air talent contest conducted during Carl Vinson's 2005 global combat deployment.
"I was really thrilled to hear that my photo won," said Carter. "Actually, that was my favorite photo out of any that I've taken. It was really up close, and I like the way the copper and the coils draw you to his face. It just really makes the photograph pop."
Second place awards included the categories of stand-alone photograph, awarded to Photographer's Mate Airman Chris Valdez; Web-based publication for the command Web site at www.vinson.navy.mil; and cruisebook for the "Global Combat Deployment 2005" Carl Vinson Chronicles.
An honorable mention was awarded for the category Site TV report to Journalist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Christopher Fahey.
"The outstanding results from the 2005 CHINFO awards are just a reflection of the high quality products and superb work that all of the Sailors put forth last year during our global combat deployment and homeport shift," said Lt. Cmdr. Scott McIlnay, public affairs officer for Carl Vinson.
Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.
During RCOH, Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare her for another 25 years or more of service.
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