Meridian Star

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March 30, 2014

Sailor earns Stennis Center of Excellence award

MERIDIAN —     Ship's Serviceman Seaman Jacob H. Sickler was recognized with the Stennis Center of Excellence Award at NAS Meridian on Thursday.

    On hand to present the award were Cmdr. Brett St. George, commanding officer of Naval Technical Training Center Meridian, who was joined by Mike Reed, president of the Mississippi Council of the Navy League, Tom McGuire, national director emeritus of the Navy League, and Capt. Mark Murphy, commanding officer of the Center for Service Support.

    The Stennis Center of Excellence Program was founded in collaboration with the Mississippi Council of the Navy League to recognize sailors of all rates who have demonstrated outstanding scholastic aptitude and military performance.      To earn this premier honor, graduates must have the top one or two grade point average when compared with all graduates over the past 12 months, and additionally participate in two community service projects within the Meridian area or surrounding community.

    The award was presented to Seaman Sickler for rising to the top of his class and attaining a grade point average of 99.88 percent for the Ship's Serviceman "A" School course with an overall class standing of one of 842 Ship's Serviceman students over the previous four years.  Additionally, he volunteered at the Meridian Little Theater and Redline Community Fellowship community service project during his off duty hours.  

    After completing high school, Sickler joined the U.S. Navy and competed Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Ill. He then reported to Naval Technical Training Center Meridian SH "A" School in February.  He is currently awaiting transfer to the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) which is homeported in Everett, Washington.

    Seaman Sickler is already preparing to earn his bachelor's degree in economics and minor in political science. After completion of his degree, he intends to apply for the Seaman to Admiral 21 Officer Program to become a line officer and continue a full Naval career.   

    His proudest personal achievement is being promoted to Eagle Scout on Nov. 28, 2012. His troop retains the highest record of promoting the most scouts to the rank of Eagle Scout in the North East Region. He additionally qualified for the Accelerated Advancement Program.

    At the conclusion of the ceremony, Seaman Sickler thanked everyone for showing their support and reiterated how honored he was to be recognized as a Stennis Center of Excellence Award winner.

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