Pictured are winners of the USS STENNIS Leadership Awards.


CDR Jason C. Warner – 2017 Straight Furrow Award
ABECS(AW/SW) Brandon W. Barr – 2017 Look Ahead Award
LS1(SW/AW) Jeffrey M. Tate – 2017 Constitution Award

The Straight Furrow, Look Ahead and Constitution awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated sustained superior performance and exhibited the most exceptional leadership skills.

The Straight Furrow award is named after a quote by ship namesake, Mississippi Senator John C. Stennis, who said, “I want to plow a straight furrow right down to the end of my row”. The quote is a reference to Mississippi farmers who had to work hard and keep looking forward in order to plow a straight line in the fields. It recognizes an enlisted person or officer who best demonstrates the values and principles of honor, courage, commitment, foresight and integrity.

The Look Ahead award is presented to an outstanding petty officer and is derived from a motto Senator John C. Stennis used to remind himself of the importance of focusing on the future.

The Constitution award is presented to an outstanding sailor. Senator Stennis was a great admirer of the United States Constitution, having memorized the entire document while a law school student at the University of Virginia. Throughout his distinguished career as a judge and United States Senator, he celebrated the Constitution and the inspiration and determination of the leaders who created it.