Paragould Native Awarded Blue Jacket of the Quarter Aboard Oldest Commissioned Warship Afloat
BOSTON – Paragould, Arkansas native, Airman Olivia Manley, was awarded Blue Jacket of the Quarter aboard USS Constitution, April 22.
Bluejacket of the Quarter is awarded to a junior sailor who exemplifies outstanding dedication to duty and superior performance by going above and beyond their assigned job.
“Hard work will always speak for itself, and I am so proud and happy to do what I love every day in the Navy,” said Manley.
Manley has served in the Navy for two years and USS Constitution is her first duty station.
Manley is a 2015 graduate of Kapolei High School, Hawaii.
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.