By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christian B. Martinez

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) intelligence team was presented the 2012 Excellence in Intelligence and Information Warfare Award, April 10.

The newly-created Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) award recognizes the carrier strike group team that best demonstrates superior afloat intelligence, information warfare readiness and performance in support of operations.

“It is validation and recognition for the excellent work we’ve done,” said Cmdr. Craig Whittinghill, Intelligence Officer aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). “To compete against all the other carriers, air wings and strike group staffs and be selected as the best is truly rewarding. The Stennis Intelligence Team is truly honored and humbled by this recognition.”

The JCSCSG intelligence team has more than 90 people from 12 different commands and is responsible for mission-oriented objectives such as intelligence gathering, dissemination and defense of the strike group.

“Last year we finished one deployment and started another,” said Whittinghill. “During that time we’ve accomplished a lot, from supporting Operation Enduring Freedom to providing indications and warnings during a period of heightened tensions in the Middle East.”

Stennis and its intelligence team began their current deployment in August 2012, after returning that March from a previous deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleets.

“The Intelligence Department aboard Stennis is going to strive for excellence each and every year,” said Whittinghill.

The JCSCSG, consisting of Stennis, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

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Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker presents the 2012 Excellence in Intelligence and Information Warfare Award to Cmdr. Craig Whittinghill, Stennis’ Intelligence Officer for the aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak / Released)