USS Carl Vinson Sailors Receive Leadership Awards

Story Number: NNS070927-17Release Date: 9/27/2007 4:20:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Shen, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Two USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailors were awarded the Admiral and Swamp Fox leadership awards during a ceremony in Washington D.C., Sept. 24.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ken Knowlton and Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (SW/AW) Joshua Davis were formally presented their awards in the company of USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Commanding Officer, Capt. Ted Carter and Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

The leadership awards, sponsored by the John Stennis Center for Public Service, are presented annually to selected members from the ship's chief petty officer and officer ranks who display exemplary leadership in support of the aircraft carrier's mission.

"These awards are unique in that both recipients were chosen from their peers," said Carter. "They are incredibly deserving of this recognition and have made a significant impact on the success of USS Carl Vinson."

Rex Buffington, director of the John Stennis Center, said the Admiral and Swamp Fox leadership award programs provide an avenue for those in public service to interact with members of the Navy, and recognize Sailors for outstanding performance.

"It is very important for people serving in the legislative branch of government and other areas in public service to have face-to-face interaction with members of the Armed Services," said Buffington. "These awards provide us the opportunity to thank members of the military for their service to our country, and recognize those who are leading our young men and women in uniform."

Chambliss, who was on hand for the awards ceremony, said it was an honor to help present the awards to crew members from Carl Vinson, and spoke about the ties the aircraft carrier has with the namesake of Carl Vinson and the state of Georgia.

"We all thank you for the work you do in keeping our nation free," said Chambliss.

During the visit to Washington, Knowlton and Davis were given a guided tour of the Capitol building, the Washington Navy Yard and the Pentagon. Both Sailors described their recognition and trip to the nation's capital as a once in a lifetime experience.

"I am humbled to receive the Admiral award," said Knowlton, a 23-year veteran of the Navy. "The Sailors whom I work with every day inspire me to continue serving in the Navy and lead our young Sailors."

For Davis, being selected by his peers for the Swamp Fox award came as a surprise, but affirmed the hard work he has invested in leading his Sailors.

"My philosophy is to work hard, take care of your Sailors, and be the best leader you can possibly be, and good things will become of your work," said Davis. "These leadership awards are about those who are taking care of our Sailors, and training them to be our reliefs."

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