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Santa Maria sailor honored for leadership

Stennis award winners Logan Morris, left, Crystal Webb and Travis Grayum, a native of Santa Maria.

A local sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of three honored Nov. 16 at a dinner for this year's Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership award winners.

Lt. Travis Grayum, of Santa Maria, was presented the award by Capt. Paul C. Spedero Jr., the ship's commanding officer, and Rex Buffington, the center's executive director.

Awards also went to Senior Chief Navy Counselor Crystal Webb, of Tarboro, North Carolina, and Damage Controlman 2nd Class Logan Morris, of Dayton, Ohio.

Grayum, the ship's aviation support officer, was awarded the Stennis Five Star Award; Webb, the command's career counselor, the Stennis Waging Peace Award; and Morris, the ship's former damage control division work center supervisor, the Stennis Spirit of Service Award.

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The Stennis Center awards are presented annually to one officer, one chief petty officer and one junior sailor serving aboard the aircraft carrier who best exemplifies the vision, integrity, courage, and commitment to duty of President Eisenhower.

Each award winner received a crystal eagle trophy and will visit Washington, D.C., with their families to meet members of Congress and other government leaders.

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