Story Number: NNS140207-03
Release Date: 2/7/2014
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher Huot, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- A chief warrant officer assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)'sClaud A. Jones Award (Fleet Engineer) winner for 2013.
The award will be presented at the ASNE Day 2014 at Crystal City, Va., Feb. 21.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gregory Collins is also the first warrant officer to receive the Fleet Engineer Award. Excelling professionally and receiving praise for a job well done is something familiar to Collins. In October 2013, Collins also earned his sixth Military Outstanding Service Award by logging a total of 10,000 hours of community service. Additionally, he has been awarded as Marine Engineer of the Year three times.
"It is an honor to be recognized by the American Society of Naval Engineers," said Collins, the assistant Damage Control Assistant aboard Lincoln. "This award would not be possible if were not for the superb leadership of my superiors and the technical prowess of my colleagues and Sailors who I have served with during my Engineering career."
The recipient of the Fleet Engineer Award, presented annually since 1987, is a fleet or field engineer who has made significant contributions to improving operational engineering or material readiness of maritime forces during the past three years.
Cmdr. Vincent Janowiak, chief engineer aboard Lincoln, reflected on Collins' professionalism in the Damage Control Division and why he deserves recognition.
"He has taken on a difficult job with significantly reduced manning and is playing many roles. The fact that he is doing so well is just another testament to his selection for this award. Everything that he does, he does with vigor and enthusiasm," said Janowiak. "I'm proud to have him on my team."
Admiral Claud A. Jones, for whom the award was named, had a career that spanned over 40 years, including his midshipman days, the first 24 years largely spent on ships and with the fleet serving with distinction in engineering assignments.
Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, A division of Huntington-Ingalls Industries in Newport News.
Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo an RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation's defense.