USS Russell ddg 59 

Surface Navy Association Announces Arleigh Burke Award Winner 
By Surface Force Pacific Fleet Public Affairs 
SAN DIEGO – The Surface Navy Association (SNA) announced Chief Hospitalman Jason E. Adams of USS Russell (DDG 59) as the winner of the Arleigh Burke Award for Surface Warfare Operational Excellence, in a letter on Dec. 15.
The letter was written by the SNA president, retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route, who wrote, “The purpose of this award is to recognize superior achievement in the operational aspects of surface warfare by qualified Surface Warfare Officers and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists. Nominees for this award are proposed by the Battle Group, Amphibious Ready Group, forward deployed Navy forces unit operational commanders and ship squadron commanders. Clearly, this award focuses on operational performance by junior leaders.”
The award will be presented to Adams on Jan. 12, at the SNA’s annual awards luncheon held during the association’s 24th National Symposium, which will take place from Jan. 10-12, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Crystal City, Va.
Route also wrote in the letter to Adams, “on behalf of all the members of the Surface Navy Association, I would like to pass along the high esteem and deep gratitude we hold for the important contributions you continue to make to the surface warfare community, the United States Navy, and our great nation.”
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