Lincoln Sailor Awarded Bronze Star for Service In Iraq


Story Number: NNS061215-15Release Date: 12/15/2006 4:12:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Michael Cook, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Chief Boatswain's Mate (SW/AW) Brian Cissell was awarded the Bronze Star Medal Dec. 8 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) for his service while in Iraq earlier this year.

Cissell is one of numerous Lincoln Sailors who volunteered to go overseas in support of the global war on terrorism.

While serving with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division at Camp Victory South from February to August, Cissell helped lead $30 million in reconstruction efforts in Southwest Baghdad.

"To receive this award was a very humbling experience for me. I think of the men whom I led or who supported my team, especially of those who lost their lives or were wounded during our missions. In memory of their sacrifices I received the award with great esteem and honor," said Cissell. "It was a privilege to have served with the 101st Airborne and fight alongside the caliber of such men."

Capt. C.A. McCawley, Lincoln's commanding officer, presented Cissell with the award, and commented on his commitment to serve.

"The sacrifices that were made by Chief Cissell exemplify the dedication by those serving all over the world," McCawley said. "It is in fact an individual award for service, and proves his dedication to the overall team effort."

The Bronze Star is an individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or military service.

For related news, visit the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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