Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ignacio Perez

BREMERTON, Wash. – Capt. Michael Wettlaufer, commanding officer of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), addressed Sailors at an all-hands call, Oct. 24.

During the event Wettlaufer spoke about the importance of training and personal accountability as the ship begins sea trials.

“We need everyone out there working. There is no time for mistakes, and if anyone has any questions, you have to ask,” said Wettlaufer.

He also presented Lt. Cmdr. Randy Stroman, from Orangeburg, S.C., and Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Marcus Johnson, from Nashville, Tenn., with leadership awards from the Navy Marine Corps Association.

“I feel truly blessed to have been able to contribute as much as I have to this command,” said Johnson. “But I know that it wasn’t just me who helped improve the command, it was the Sailors who listened and understood what it meant to be accountable.”

After presenting the awards, Wettlaufer re-enlisted Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Luis Diaz, from Victorville, Calif., in front of the entire crew and his family.

“It was great to have been able to share that experience with my family,” said Diaz. “I appreciate everyone one who helped put this truly unique experience together.”

Stennis is currently undergoing a Docking Planned Incremental Availability maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

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