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USS Gerald R. Ford leadership award recipients, Dr. Brian Pugh, and USS Ford’s commanding officer visit Washington, D.C., as part of the Stennis Center for Public Service’s National Capital Leadership Program to build relationships and understanding between civilian and military leaders.

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) leadership awardees recently visited Washington, D.C., as part of the Stennis Center for Public Service’s National Capital Leadership Program. Each awardee attends a trip to the nation’s capital as part of their recognition for outstanding leadership. The purpose of the trip is for awardees to better understand the role of Congress in setting national security policy and to make them more aware of the impact former President Gerald R. Ford made through his leadership. Likewise, it also provides the opportunity for those in Congress to see first-hand and understand the character and quality of the men and women who serve our nation aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford.

Each aircraft carrier has a similar program, but the USS Ford’s is tailored to honor the legacy of its namesake – Gerald R. Ford. The “Eagle” represents his background as an Eagle Scout; the “Wolverine” represents his link to the University of Michigan, and; the “Bulldog” represents his tie to Yale Law School.

In January, command leadership presented “The Eagle,” “The Wolverine” and “The Bulldog” leadership awards to an officer, a chief petty officer, and a junior enlisted Sailor who demonstrated sustained superior performance and exhibited the most exceptional leadership skills over the past year.

“The Eagle” award was presented to Lt. j.g. Pamela Velez assigned to Ford’s supply department, “The Wolverine” award to Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Maurice Bonham assigned to Ford’s air department and “The Bulldog” award to Machinist’s Mate (Nuclear) 1st Class Kyle Lovett assigned to Ford’s reactor department.

USS Gerald R. Ford is a first-in-class aircraft carrier and the first new aircraft carrier designed in more than 40 years. It stationed at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia.

USS Gerald R. Ford leadership awardees and their commanding officer met with Steffanie Easter, Director of Navy Staff, at the Pentagon on April 12, 2019, as part of the Stennis Center for Public Service’s National Capital Leadership Program.

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