Ludington native awarded ‘Sailor of the Quarter.’

April 20, 2021

Blake Bentz is pictured center. — US Navy photo

Ludington native awarded ‘Sailor of the Quarter.’

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Grant Grady.

BOSTON – Ludington native and Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Blake Bentz was awarded Sailor of the Quarter aboard USS Constitution, April 15.

Sailor of the Quarter is awarded to a sailor who exemplifies outstanding dedication to duty and superior performance by going above and beyond their assigned job.

“Consistency and hard work always ends up in great outcomes for yourself and your shipmates,” said Bentz.

Bentz has served in the Navy for five years and his previous duty station was the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Bentz is a 2015 graduate of Ludington High School.

USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855.

The active-duty sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution normally provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people each year as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history, maritime heritage, and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence.

USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and captured 33 opponents.

The ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the war of 1812 after British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.

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