SEATTLE (NNS) -- The Stennis Center for Public Service recognized three USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Sailors April 2 for exemplary leadership at Seattle's Waterfront Marriott hotel. The awards hold special significance for Lincoln Sailors as nominations can only be made by a peer or subordinate.
The award winners each exemplify the spirit and service of the late Sen. John C. Stennis, whose legacy is carried out through the Stennis Leadership Awards Program. The leadership award programs for aircraft carriers recognize distinguished officers and senior-enlisted personnel who have demonstrated exceptional leadership on board their respective aircraft carriers.
Lt. Cmdr. Travis Hartman of Akron, Ohio won the Statesman Award as the junior officer who exemplified the highest ideals of leadership. As the ship's assistant navigator, Hartman is responsible for the planning, briefing, and execution of shipboard navigation exercises. He was also named the ship's 2009 Junior Officer Shiphandler of the Year.
The Union Award was given to Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Carlos Alamo of Caguas, Puerto Rico. Alamo is the senior enlisted member of the ship's weapons department and is a graduate of the U. S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy. He holds an associate in arts degree from Coastline Community College.
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Sean Bibby of Dunellen, N.J., received the Liberty Award. An aviation boatswain's mate specializes in aircraft handling, Bibby is qualified as an aircraft director and is earning his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification.
The ceremony was marked by recognition of the spouse of each award winner as a key part of the Sailors' success. Also in attendance were Rex Buffington of the Stennis Center, Mayor Dennis Kendall of the City of Marysville, Wash., and the ship's Commanding Officer John Alexander.
"As commanding officer of the three exceptional Sailors we're honoring tonight, it's a privilege to recognize these individuals who representative the exceptional leadership throughout the entire command," said Alexander. "That leadership is necessary to successfully perform the complex missions of aircraft carriers. They are the best of the best."
As part of the Stennis Center's continuing effort to strengthen understanding and relationships between civilian leaders and the military, the award winners will travel to Washington, D.C., where they will meet with members of Congress, staff and other civilian leaders.
As the award winners are honored and learn about how policy is made in Washington, the civilian leaders also get an opportunity to learn about the life, values, culture and institutions of the military through visits with the award winners and their spouses. In addition, including their spouses helps further the understanding of contributions made by the family members of those who serve in the military.
Stennis wrote the first Senate ethics code and was the first chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee. After working in the Armed Services Committee for more than a decade, he was honored by having a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), named after him.
For more info about the Stennis Center's Leadership Award Program, visit http://www.stennis.gov/program/program_show.htm?program_id=16933&doc_id=696231.
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