Meridian Naval Air Station, Miss. A sailor at Naval Technical Training Center was honored during graduation Friday at Meridian Naval Air Station.
Arjen Lagendijk, president of the Mississippi Council of the Navy League, presented the prestigious Stennis Award to Ship Serviceman Seaman Courtney Cummings. A native of Portsmouth, Va., Cummings has an overall GPA of 99.36.
Cummings, who is transferring to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) which is home ported in Norfolk, Va., is only the third seaman to receive this honor in the past 2 ½ years.
The basic requirements to earn the Stennis Award include:
- Graduate with the top one or two GPA when compared with all graduates in the past 12 months.
- Complete more than two SHIPMATES (Students Helping Interesting People in the Meridian Area Through Enthusiastic Service) projects comprising five or more total hours. All SHIPMATES projects must be completed prior to finishing the last module of the curriculum. To not disadvantage a student who completes the curriculum quickly or has no volunteer opportunity due to lack of SHIPMATES events, this requirement can be waived with commanding officer approval.
-Meet all requirements for honor graduate and Accelerated Advancement Program candidacy. An HG is a student in the top 5 percent of the graduating class; and an AAP student is in the top 10 percent. Under the AAP program, recipients may be automatically advanced to E-4 between four and 10 months after arrival at their next command. Both programs have additional requirements that include passing all personnel and room inspections as well as meeting strict physical training standards. Excellent military bearing and professional performance are also required.
-Have the recommendation and endorsement of the course supervisor and fleet leader/administrator.
During her time at NTTC, Seaman Cummings participated in SHIPMATES projects at Relay for Life and LOVE’s Kitchen.