USS Constitution Chapter of SNA Announces Winner of George Sirian Award
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Paula Ludwick,
NORFOLK, Va. – The USS Constitution Chapter of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) named Chief Quartermaster (SW/AW) James Kuroski as the 2008 George Sirian Service Award winner June 8.

The Bridgewater, Conn. native is currently assigned to the Norfolk-based guided missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59).

“I feel honored at being selected for this award,” said Kuroski. “It is just as much a testament to the people serving around me as it is to anything I have done personally.”

The USS Constitution Chapter of the SNA will formally present the award during a ceremony in Boston, Mass. Aug. 22.

“This award recognizes that the ideals of leadership and service to our Navy and nation are still alive today,” said Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces. “I congratulate Chief Kuroski because today he represents all of our Chief Petty Officers who serve with outstanding distinction and dedication. He is a true role model and mentor for all surface force Chief selectees who will soon earn their coveted anchor collar devices.”

Each year, this award is presented to a Chief Petty Officer (CPO) 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 onboard 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 this year’s recognition as the George Sirian winner, Kuroski, who also served on board USS Constitution as a first class petty officer, will be presented with an engraved replica of a 19th century cutlass and a citation from the chapter, which will be presented to him on board “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 sixth 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 the 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.

“While on USS Constitution, I watched the CPO events with great interest hoping that someday I would be amongst the participating Chief Petty Officers,” said Kuroski. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be asked to return to receive the George Sirian Award.”
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