Silverdale, Washington. Three 2014 Sailors of the Year (SOYs) from the Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a May 12th luncheon held at the Bangor Plaza on Naval Station Kitsap–Bangor. One of the missions of the NLUS is to support the men and women of the sea services and their families.
Each awardee was presented a soaring eagle statuette engraved with their names by Council President, Tim Katona, with assistance from Bremerton Mayer, Patty Lent. The carrier’s Executive Officer, Captain Kavon Hakimzadeh, and Command Master Chief, CMDCM (AW/SW) Trenton Schmidt, were present to honor the stand-outs for their hard work and individual efforts.
The 2014 CVN-74 SOY is Hospital Corpsman (HM) Second Class (Surface Warfare/Air Warfare) Isiah Burns, who was joined by his wife, Elizabeth, at the luncheon. According to his citation, Burns was recognized for his achievements as the ship’s Dental Department Leading Petty Officer. In 2014, he was the driving force behind Dental Department’s success and provided over one million dollars in dental care for 6,158 Sailors resulting in an operational readiness rating of 99.78%. Additionally, his department scored a 99% during the 2014 Commander Naval Air Forces readiness inspection–the highest ever among all aircraft carriers in the Navy.
The 2014 CVN-74 Junior SOY is Aviation Boatswain’s Mate – Handling (ABH) Third Class (Air Warfare) Chelsea Dell. According to her citation, Dell was recognized for her achievements as one of the ship’s top Hangar Deck Supervisors. In 2014, her exceptional leadership, superb judgment, and tireless work ethic resulted in molding 46 Sailors into an outstanding team that flawlessly completed every mission requirement. As an outstanding leader, she guided her team through more than 3,000 hours of work completely rehabilitating 26 divisional spaces and over 70,000 square feet of the ship’s hangar bay during the ship’s 16-month maintenance period.
The 2014 CVN-74 Blue Jacket of the Year is Yeoman (YN) Third Class (Surface Warfare/Air Warfare) Alaina Damico. Damico was recognized for her outstanding achievements as the ship’s Executive Department Administrative Assistant. In 2014, she demonstrated exceptional managerial skill by preparing over 1,000 executive correspondence items, personal awards, evaluations and command directives. Her attention to detail ensured timely and accurate submission of all documents. As an outstanding organizer, she flawlessly prepared and reviewed readiness reports for carrier sea trials following the ship’s 16-month maintenance period.Page 2 of 2
USS JOHN C STENNIS is the U.S. Navy’s seventh Nimitz-class nuclear-powered carrier and is named for Senator John Cornelius Stennis of Mississippi. The ship was christened on November 11, 1993 by Senator Stennis’ daughter, Margaret Stennis Womble and commissioned on December 9, 1995. Home-ported in Bremerton, Washington, JOHN C STENNIS deploys with a crew of over 5,000 including the embarked Air Wing. In May 2013, the ship returned to Bremerton upon completion of an eight-month, 66,000-mile deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean, and began a 16-month Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. After completing the DPIA in late 2014, “JCS” is again in a pre-deployment training cycle leading-up to another deployment later in 2015.