Sailors from USS Nimitz Presented With Stennis Center Leadership Award

Sailors from USS Nimitz Presented With Stennis Center Leadership Award

Three Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) were presented with the Stennis Center Leadership Award during an awards ceremony held at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Wash., Feb. 21.

The Stennis Center presents these awards annually to individuals who have shown remarkable leadership abilities and have exhibited exclusive performance in their U.S. Navy career.

Lt. Jeff Tomaszewski, Nimitz’ IM-3 division officer and airspeed officer; Health Services Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Scott Thrasher; and Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Adam Barnett, Reactor Department’s leading petty officer, were appointed winners in the award’s three categories.

“The important thing is to realize the significance and not take for granted those who, at every level, step forward and become leaders that enable us to move forward and do the great things we do,” said Rex Buffington, Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership’s executive director. “Nimitz is such an incredible asset for our country. [The ship] is so awesome. Just seeing it makes your heart skip a beat, but that is because of those who serve on Nimitz and enable that ship to be as great as it is. We all know without individuals who come forward and provide great leadership, the ship could never carry out its mission the wonderful way it does and wouldn’t be the great asset for our country that it is.”

Tomaszewski took home the Commander in Chief, Pacific Command award.

“It’s a privilege, and I feel honored to have this opportunity amongst the individuals that were here,” said Tomaszewski. “They’re all deserving of this type of award, so I do feel very fortunate that I was selected. It’s one of the traditions Buffington has spoke about that we don’t want to make common. We want to continually recognize individuals for their performance and their leadership abilities and that’s what really makes not only Nimitz, but the Navy as a whole, a great place to be.”

Thrasher was humbled and honored to receive the Five Star award and showed his appreciation.

“I would be remiss if I did not thank the Stennis Foundation who so steadfastly supports and recognizes leadership on our unique platform,” said Thrasher. “The Stennis Foundation does a great deal of important work. It is extraordinary for such an important and prestigious organization to appreciate our contribution at all levels of leadership. None of us enjoy any measure of success by our own merit. Each and any accolade I might receive is simply a reflection of the terrific Sailors I am so honored to lead.”

The awardees and their spouses arranged for a trip to Washington, D.C., provided by the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership to bring knowledge to Sailors of John C. Stennis’ leadership abilities that have a continuing impact on the nation.

“Not only do we honor the great leaders, but we give the people in Washington, D.C., the opportunity to see the quality and character of men and women who are serving on Nimitz, and that’s important,” said Buffington.

The Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership has acknowledged 24 Nimitz Sailors since 2005.

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Naval Today Staff, February 25, 2013; Image: US Navy

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