USS George Washington Sailor Wins US Pacific Fleet Award

A Sailor aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) received the Pacific Fleet 2013 Aviation Boatswain’s Mate of the Year award, June 24.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 1st Class (AW/SW) Luis Martinez, the leading petty officer for 242 Sailors in the largest division aboard George Washington, V-2, was selected from 10 other highly-qualified U.S. Pacific Fleet nominees.

 “It’s a great accomplishment and honor because there are a lot of great aviation boatswain’s mates (equipment) throughout the Pacific Fleet,” said Martinez.

The award is given to individuals based on their sustained superior performance in challenging billets, contributions to the Navy and service to the community.

 “His leadership style and his skills played a big part on him receiving this award,” said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Al Hyatt, V-2 division’s leading chief petty officer. “He just does his job and he does it well. That’s why he’s deserving of this award. I couldn’t ask for anyone better other than him to receive it. I’m glad I was able to see him get awarded.”

George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its partners and allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Press Release, July 1 2013