USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) -- Every year aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), a senior enlisted Sailor is selected to the chief petty officer ranks who exemplifies exceptional vision, integrity, courage, commitment to duty and hard work that emulates the distinguished career of Sen. John C. Stennis.
On July 6, Senior Chief Yeoman (SW/AW) Sean Lawler was selected as the 2007 Look Ahead Leadership Award winner.
Besides the administrative workload associated with running the commanding officer and executive officer administration offices, Lawler leads several command initiatives.
Lawler is responsible for many programs on board Stennis, to include: the enlisted surface warfare specialist (ESWS) program, which recently earned the silver excellence pennant for 100 percent qualifications; Stennis' division in the spotlight program, which ensures business practices are drilled down to the lowest level; coordinated command-wide yeoman in-rate training; and is a key player in coordinating the command metrics program.
"He is a gifted leader, always leading from the forefront," said Stennis' commanding officer Capt. Brad Johanson. "Senior Chief Lawler has made our command vision a reality aboard Stennis. These programs have reset the fleet standards of achievement in the pursuit of promotion rates and educational opportunities."
Lawler is more than just a hard worker; he's someone younger leaders can go to for advice.
"Senior Chief is very easy to talk to," said Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Denny Cantrell, who Lawler is mentoring. "I look up to him for direction, and he always puts me on the right track."
His leadership style is noticed by everyone, even his superiors.
"He's a Sailor's Sailor, [he] leads by example and invests time in his people," said Ensign Stephanie Rivera, ship's secretary and Lawler's division officer. "He's a selfless professional who continuously dedicates himself to the team effort, whether divisional or command level. I learn from his extensive knowledge and experience every day."
In spite of Lawler's award, he remains humble.
"Honestly, it's humbling and a little embarrassing," said Lawler, smiling. "There are so many great chiefs on board Stennis; now I'm going to get a lot of playful ridicule from everyone of them."
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