NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Class of 1971, presented one of TR's officers with the 6th annual USNA Class of 1971 Junior Officer Ethical Character of Leadership Award in Newport News, Va. April 17.
Lt. Richard Martinez, Theodore Roosevelt's IM-2 division officer, humbly accepted the recognition from retired Vice Adm. James W. Metzger, Naval Academy Class of 1971, during a presentation ceremony in front of TR's officer ranks.
"The Class of '71 appreciates nothing more than a leader in their wardroom who leads with integrity and enthusiasm," said Metzger. "There is no more important attribute in an officer than leading in an ethical manner."
Martinez won the award because of his outstanding effort leading his Sailors to successfully repair integral ship parts during refueling complex overhaul while also serving as a TR division officer. As the diversity officer, Martinez brought awareness and unity to the Rough Rider through powerful diversity presentations including videos, speeches, special meals, and distinguished guests including several war veterans and wounded warriors of different ethnicities.
"TR once said to 'speak softly and carry a big stick,'" said TR's Executive Officer Cmdr. Mark J. Colombo. "Lt. Martinez exemplifies by being a man of few words but many actions. This award acknowledges that he has been at the forefront of leadership and advancing the principles of an environment without prejudice, harassment, or otherwise adverse conditions."
Martinez previously embarked on TR with Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department Oceana, Sea Operational Detachment as an Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class in 1994 to 1997 for workups and several deployments.
"This is extremely motivating to me because I used to be a deckplate Sailor," said Martinez. "This award tells me I am doing the right thing by properly leading and giving back to my current deckplate Sailors."
Martinez will continue to serve on TR until January 2013 where he will then bring his leadership experience to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28.
"The Navy is in great hands as long as we continue to produce superb leaders like Lt. Martinez," said Metger.
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