USS Juneau executive officer Cmdr. Todd A. Lewis.

USS Juneau executive officer Cmdr. Todd A. Lewis. (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

A USS Juneau officer is a winner of the Department of Defense African-American History Award for exceptional performance and dedication to service and country.

Cmdr. Todd A. Lewis, Juneau’s executive officer, received praise from the Juneau’s commanding officer for his selection this month in conjunction with the 80th observance of African-American History Month.

The amphibious transport dock ship currently is under way. Capt. Ronald Horton, commanding officer, stated in a Navy news report that Lewis has served his nation with “brilliance and distinction.

“He has keenly led a forward-deployed warship through an arduous operational schedule in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom,” Horton stated.

The Juneau is part of Task Force 50, now operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the operation in Iraq.

“It is indeed an honor and a privilege to have been selected out of so many fine Americans serving in our Navy,” Lewis stated in the report.

“I was personally selected for this award, but it’s really ... not about individuals. I couldn’t do my job if it were not for the hard work and dedication of the stellar crew here on USS Juneau,” he stated.

The Juneau is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group operating from Sasebo Naval Base, Japan.

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