Truman Sailors Earn Leadership Awards from Navy and Marine Association

Story Number: NNS090829-08Release Date: 8/29/2009 3:25:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) David Giorda, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Three crew members aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) were awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Awards Aug. 3.

Nominated by peers around the ship, Lt. Cmdr. Earl Wooten, Lt. Erick Stroud and Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (AW/SW) Michael Nation received the award for their superior leadership abilities.

"To win this award is an honor and a privilege for me, especially when so many deserving people were nominated," said Wooten, Truman's Combat Systems Information officer.

"I was very humbled and honored to be considered as an outstanding leader. I thought there are people that may have been slighted because there are many great leaders on board Truman who are deserving of this award that constantly do their jobs without ever thinking about receiving some type of award," said Stroud, V-4 division officer.

A solid understanding of the role of a leader and what it entails were some of the reasons helped they were recognized for their outstanding service to their peers.

"My idea of leadership is always being approachable so that others can stop you at anytime to ask you a question," said Stroud. "Once people stop bringing you their problems or stop asking you questions, I believe you stop being a leader. Leadership is having the ability to cast vision, a willingness to take responsibility, impressive ability to influence, discipline to stick to a task through completion, and people must have a sincere level of trust in for them."

"The ability to have people trust you and believe in you, whether it's personal or mission driven, is key in leadership," said Wooten.

All agreed that having effective mentors and being a good follower are essential to developing leadership skills.

"I actually see myself as a follower because I usually do things that I have seen others do," said Stroud. "I've had several mentors throughout my Navy career, and I have a lot of great leaders on board Truman that I constantly watch."

"I have had a couple of mentors during my Navy career: [retired] Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman (AW/SW/NAC) McGary and Master Chief Avionics Technician (AW/SW) Pike. Pike has been my mentor since 1991," said Nation, Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department Production Control leading chief petty officer.

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