USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (HST) (CVN 75) S-3 division won the 2004 Ship's Store Retail and Excellence Award, and Best in Class Award Jan. 20.
Navy Exchange Service Command gives the annual awards based on assessments given throughout the year. The award comprises the ship's store, the barber shop and laundry facilities. Their work and the support of all the crew members aboard have helped the sales division achieve this honor.
"I'm proud of the fact we won. I think it shows all of our good work, and how much our shipmates appreciate what we do," said Ship's Serviceman 2nd Class (SW) Fredrick Burgess, S-3 records clerk. "We also had a lot of help from the barber shop and laundry. The TAD [temporary assigned duty] personnel also make a big difference."
Inspections during the year weigh heavily on whether or not a ship will be able to achieve the Excellence Award. Because this award is achieved based on performance throughout the year, this is not something that can be prepared for at the last minute.
"It's really the behind-the-scenes things that can make or break us for the award. Inventory, break outs, refilling the vending machines and sanitary issues can be detrimental to the inspection," said Nester.
This is not the first time HST has won these decorations. In fact, since the ship's commissioning in 1998, there has not been a year yet HST has not won the Excellence Award.
"Within the short life of the ship, we have won the Excellence Award six years in a row and Best in Class twice. I think that says a lot about our Supply Department," said Nester.
S-3 Division Sailors are not the only people who should be proud of this award. All crew members contributed to this award, as well. Without the support of the crew through sales, this award would not have been possible.
"I think we deserve this award. We worked so hard for it," said Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class (SW/AW) James Jenkins, vending machine supervisor. "Between preparing for these inspections and trying to satisfy everyone else, I think we do a good job."
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