Truman Wins Dorie P. Miller Award

Story Number: NNS050603-15Release Date: 6/3/2005 3:01:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Kat Smith, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

NORFOLK , Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) Supply Department received the Dorie P. Miller Award, May 3 for their professionalism and hard work in the wardroom.

The Dorie P. Miller Award is given yearly to the wardroom that most exemplifies pride and professionalism. This is Truman's fourth time winning the award since the ship's 1998 commissioning.

"Truman has won this award more than 50 percent of the time since she was commissioned seven years ago," said the Principle Assistant for Services Lt. Mike Breaux.
"We've set a high standard with this award, along with our two [Captain Edward F. Ney awards] and chief petty officer mess awards."

Inspectors graded Truman's Wardroom Division on their daily conduct and standards. With an undermanned division and around 450 spaces to manage, Supply Department took on the challenge with great success.

"You don't win awards like Dorie and Ney by looking pretty for the inspectors one day," said Breaux. "It's the day-to-day work that ultimately decides who wins the award."

Since this award is only given out to one ship in the Atlantic fleet, it reflects highly on the few Sailors who contributed to it.

"There are only about 30 people who can say they earned this award," said Breaux. "This award will go in their records and hopefully help pave the way to bigger things."

This award has not only set a standard for other ships in the fleet, but also the new wardroom officer who checked aboard earlier this year.

"I think it's great Truman won this award. We are one of the few ships that has," said Wardroom Officer Ens. Derek Jones. "It shows we are top-notch professionals who make sure the job gets done right every day. I'm really looking forward to working with this group."

With the Ney and Dorie P. Miller awards earned this year, Supply Department started off this year strong and is ready to raise the bar just a bit higher for the fleet.

The award's namesake was a mess attendant aboard USS West Virginia (BB 48) based in Pearl Harbor during the World War II attacks. Miller was credited with dragging his wounded captain to safety and downing at least two enemy aircraft without any formal firearm training. For his service on Dec. 7, 1941, he became the first African-American Sailor to be awarded the Navy Cross.

Harry S. Truman recently completed her second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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