ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Sheridan pastor Lt. David Duprey received the Admiral Zumwalt Award for Visionary Leadership at the 26th Annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium. Duprey is a chaplain assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award and I will accept the award on behalf of the command and crew of USS Abraham Lincoln,” Duprey said. “I truly have the best job in the Navy, serving sailors who embody the ideals which Admiral Zumwalt espoused.”
The award is presented to two active-duty Navy members who best exemplify the ideals of Zumwalt and demonstrate dynamic leadership, operational excellence, unselfish dedication to duty, visionary zeal and exemplary care for personnel under his or her direction. Nominees for this award are suggested by fellow shipmates.
“I am immensely proud of Lt. Duprey’s accomplishments,” said Captain Karl Thomas, commanding officer of USS Lincoln. “Lt. Duprey personifies honor, courage and commitment in everything he does for our command. He truly is a talented and gifted chaplain with amazing reach and impact across my entire command during a difficult and lengthy overhaul.
I truly appreciate the Surface Navy Association acknowledging Dave as he is so humbly deserving of this recognition.”
Since his arrival on board USS Abraham Lincoln, Duprey has served as the command’s community relations program (COMREL) coordinator and has managed 196 projects involving 3,460 Sailors resulting in nearly 14,000 hours of community service directly benefiting the Hampton Roads region. Due to his work as COMREL coordinator, the command earned the 2013 Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Environmental Stewardship Flagship Community Service award for Community Service.
Duprey also works with the Command Suicide Prevention Program and is responsible for the command’s three-tier suicide prevention strategy, overseeing training of 1,074 Sailors in Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training.