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Friday, June 18, 2010

LCS Sailor Wins Surface Warfare Excellence Award

From Surface Forces Pacific Public Affairs

June 18, 2010 - SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The USS Constitution Chapter of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) named a USS Freedom (LCS 1), Gold Crew, Sailor as the 2010 George Sirian Meritorious Service Award winner June 18.

Chief Engineman (SW) Corbin Stalcup received the George Sirian Award, which recognized chief petty officers (CPOs) who demonstrate exceptional seamanship, operational excellence and inspirational leadership.

"It is an amazing honor to be selected, and I credit the littoral combat ship (LCS) program for this achievement," said Stalcup, a Goldthwaite, Texas, native who was chosen from 27 nominees from both the Pacific and Atlantic surface fleets. "LCS is a command where, due to small crew size, we are all given the opportunity to engage in a wide range of operational activities. We are continually challenged to grow technically and as leaders."

The award is named for George Sirian, who served in the Navy for nearly 50 years in the 1800s. During that time, Sirian rose through the ranks from seaman to master gunner, and eventually warrant officer. He served multiple tours aboard the Constitution during the first half of the 19th century.

Stalcup will receive his award, a replica of a 19th century naval cutlass and a framed citation, aboard the Constitution during a harbor sail in honor of CPO Heritage Week from August 23-27, 2010. The ceremony will take place in front of 150 newly selected CPOs.

"We are very excited to reflect the proud heritage and spirit of the early years of the Navy with the George Sirian Award, and to present the eight annual award to such an outstanding sailor such as Chief Stalcup of the USS Freedom," said retired Capt. James Alosi, president, Constitution Chapter of the SNA.

"No one better embodies the spirit of service, excellence and tradition represented by this award," said Cmdr. Randy Garner, commanding officer, Freedom, Gold Crew. "A superior leader and a true 'Sailor's Sailor,' he consistently and successfully leads Freedom's Sailors in setting new records and breaking through boundaries."

Stalcup enlisted in the Navy in 1995. Prior to reporting to Freedom, he served aboard USS Crommelin (FFG 37), USS Black Hawk (MHC 58) and at the Mine Warfare Training Center in Ingleside, Texas.

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