Chester native honored with USS Constitution’s Top Guardsman award

Chester native honored with USS Constitution’s Top Guardsman award
Chester native and Navy Retail Services Specialist 1st Class Kenneth Johnson has been awarded the USS Constitution’s Top Guardsman award. (Source: US Navy)

BOSTON (WWBT) - Chester native and Navy Retail Services Specialist 1st Class Kenneth Johnson has been awarded the USS Constitution’s Top Guardsman award.

Johnson received the honor on Oct. 22 and it is presented to “a Sailor who demonstrates professionalism and skill while serving as a member of the color guard at USS Constitution.”

“I put a lot of work into presenting our nation’s colors and I’m honored to win this prestigious award,” he said.

Johnson has served in the Navy for eight years and was a graduate of Thomas Dale 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,” a release said.

The active-duty sailors stationed aboard the USS Constitution normally give free tours and offer visitation to more than 600,000 people each year.

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