BOSTON — Culinary Specialist 1st Class Blake Bentz, a native of Ludington, received the Military Medal for Outstanding Volunteer Service aboard the USS Constitution on July 14.

The Military Medal for Exceptional Volunteer Service is awarded to military members who perform outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained, direct and consequential nature.

“I’m happy to be in a place that gives me a plethora of volunteer opportunities and gives me the satisfaction of helping the community,” Bentz said.

Bentz, who graduated from Ludington High School in 2015, served the Navy for five years and his former duty station was USS Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Duty aboard the USS Constitution is one of the Navy’s special programs, and all prospective crewmembers must meet a high standard of sustained excellence and upkeep to be selected for the mission.

Active duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution normally offer free tours and provide public tours to more than 600,000 people each year as they support the ship’s mission to promote Navy history, heritage maritime and to raise awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence. .

The 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 the sea lanes from 1797 to 1855.

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

USS Constitution remained undefeated in combat and captured or destroyed 33 enemy ships.