USS Constitution Chapter of SNA Announces Winner of Surface Warfare Excellence Award

Story Number: NNS060629-13Release Date: 6/29/2006 4:41:00 PM
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By By Journalist 1st Class Paula M. Ludwick, Commander, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The USS Constitution Chapter of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) named Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate (SW) Joseph Baird as the 2006 George Sirian Service Award winner June 9.

Each year, the Chapter presents this award, which honors 19th century USS Consitution Sailor George Sirian, to a chief petty officer (CPO) in the Navy who exemplifies surface warfare excellence.

"This recognizes that the ideals of leadership and service to our Navy and nation exemplified by the USS Constitution and the commitment to service of George Sirian are still alive today," said Vice Adm. Terry Etnyre, commander, Naval Surface Forces. "I congratulate Chief Baird. He represents all of our chief petty officers who serve with outstanding distinction and dedication."

The East Providence, R.I., native is currently assigned to the Norfolk-based guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68).

"It is of the highest honor to be picked from your peers as the best of the best," said Baird of being chosen for this award.

Sirian's distinctive naval career, which was nearly half a century long, started at the seaman level, then progressed to master gunner and ended as a warrant officer. His service included multiple tours on USS Constitution during her prime years as a ship of the line in the first half of the 19th century.

"We are very excited to reflect the proud heritage and spirit of the early years of our Navy with the George Sirian Award, and to present the fourth annual award to this outstanding sailor" said retired Capt. James Alosi, president of the Constitution Chapter of the SNA.

In addition to this year's recognition as the George Sirian winner, Baird will be presented with a replica of a 19th century naval cutlass (engraved with his name) and a citation from the Chapter, which will be presented to him during the USS Constitution's annual turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor on Aug. 25.

SNA was incorporated in 1985 to promote greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business and academic communities who share a common interest in Naval Surface Warfare and to support the activities of Surface Naval Forces.

The USS Constitution Chapter of SNA was established in 1990 and focuses on promoting and maintaining the values of the Surface Navy's history, contributions and accomplishments, with special focus on the USS Constitution. The Chapter's other award programs include the annual leadership award for a USS Constitution crewmember, and academic excellence awards for the ROTC programs at MIT, Boston University, and Harvard.

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