USS Constitution Chapter of SNA Announces Winner of 2011 George Sirian Award
By Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs
BOSTON – The USS Constitution Chapter of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) named Senior Chief Sonar Technician Eldon E. Duke (SW) as the 2011 George Sirian Meritorious Service Award winner on June 11.

The Paoli, Ind. native is currently assigned to the Norfolk-based guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56).

“Senior Chief Duke’s engaged leadership and distinguished accomplishments on the deckplates truly demonstrate the spirit and excellence of today’s Surface Navy Chief Petty Officers,” said Force Master Chief Eric Page, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. “He is a true role model and mentor for all Surface Force Chief selectees who will soon earn their coveted anchor collar devices.”

The Chapter will formally present the award on Aug. 19 in Boston aboard USS Constitution during Chief Petty Officer Leadership Week.

Each year, the award is presented to a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy who exemplifies Surface Warfare excellence. The award is named in honor of George Sirian, whose distinctive naval career encompasses nearly 50 years. He started as a Seaman, advanced through the ranks to master gunner, and was ultimately commissioned as a warrant officer. His service included multiple tours aboard USS Constitution during the ship’s prime years as a ship of the line in the first half of the 19th century.

In addition to recognition as this year’s George Sirian winner, Senior Chief Duke will be presented with an engraved replica of a 19th century cutlass and a citation from the chapter, which will be presented to him aboard “Old Ironsides” during the ceremony.
"We are very excited to reflect the proud heritage and spirit of the early years of our Navy with the George Sirian Award, and to present the ninth annual award to this outstanding Chief Petty Officer," said Capt. James Alosi (retired), President of the Constitution Chapter of the SNA.

The USS Constitution Chapter of SNA was established in 1990 and focuses on promoting and maintaining the values of the Surface Navy’s history, contributions and accomplishments, with special focus on USS Constitution. The Chapter’s other award programs include the annual leadership award for a USS Constitution crewmember, and academic excellence awards for the ROTC programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, and Harvard University.
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